Fake Drugs Have Real Consequences for Patients

Black market medicine is terrible for patients all over the world, including Americans. At best, counterfeit and substandard medicine may not adequately treat a patient's illness. At worst, counterfeit medicines may cause poisoning or death.

Each of the following stories mentions people who have been sickened or died after being treated with fake medicine. Every day, American patients are harmed when they break the closed U.S. drug supply.

Colorado Mother Works to Raise Awareness About Addiction and Self-Harm

May 8, 2019

Grand Junction resident Andrea Thomas lost her daughter Ashley to counterfeit oxycodone in June 2018. Now, she is determined to protect others. Her new foundation, Voices for Awareness, promotes awareness about substance abuse and self-harm. On July 27, 2019, the organization will hold its first conference—free to the public—at Costa Mesa University, as well as the “Fight for Awareness,” a professional boxing event in which fighters from all over Colorado will dedicate their match to a loved one lost to substance abuse or suicide.

Arizona Couple Indicted for Selling Counterfeit Pills Made with Fentanyl, Pills Implicated in Death of Arkansas Man

April 24, 2019

Jacob Medina and his pregnant girlfriend, Diane Erika Marin, have been arrested in connection with a counterfeit pill distribution ring that is allegedly responsible for killing an Arkansas man, the KATV reports.

Counterfeit medicines kill up to 300,000 children each year

April 15, 2019

In a shocking new report published in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, researchers have documented the true toll of counterfeit medicines around the world due to medicine being subtherapeutic or outright ineffective. Subtherapeutic medicine allows patients to die without sufficient treatment, but it also creates treatment resistant strains of diseases. The paper…

Black Market Medicines Can Ruin An HIV Patient’s Entire Drug Protocol

April 1, 2019

Immunodeficient patients need to strictly adhere to our prescribed drug protocols because any slip could compromise our current treatment plans. Only purchasing FDA-approved medicines from licensed U.S pharmacies is an essential step in keeping ourselves as healthy as possible…

One Dead and Five Sickened in Mississippi by Fake Oxycodone Made with Fentanyl and Methamphetamine

March 21, 2019

According to the Hattiesburg American, Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics officials reported that there have been five overdoses and one death since the beginning of March in the area.

Five People Charged Over The Death Of Ashley Romero From A Fake Fentanyl Pill

February 26, 2019

The U.S. Department of Justice handed down a superseding indictment in federal court charging five people for their roles in the counterfeit fentanyl pill death of a 32-year-old mother in Colorado in June 2018…

Nevada Woman Admits To Selling Counterfeit Fentanyl Pills That Killed

December 5, 2018

The U.S. Department of Justice announced a guilty plea from Tianna Cordova in a Nevada case. Cordova admitted to selling drugs, including the counterfeit pill made with fentanyl that killed 26-year-old Christina Kuerner…

Dealer Charged After The Counterfeit Pill He Sold Killed One In Mount Vernon

November 20, 2018

Charges announced against John Mendieta of Mount Vernon, Washington. Mendieta allegedly sold a counterfeit Percocet pill to 27-year-old Ronald Schweigert, who died after taking it. Schweigert was one of four Mount Vernon residents to die after taking a counterfeit Percocet pill laced with fentanyl in less than 45 days…

Missouri Teenager Almost Killed By A Counterfeit Oxycodone Pill Containing Carfentanil

November 9, 2018

The U.S. Department of Justice received a guilty plea from Gage S. Lankas in federal court. Lankas sold hundreds of Xanax pills and 14 oxycodone pills to a 17-year-old. The oxycodone pills were counterfeits made with carfentanil and almost killed the young man who only took half of one…

Pennsylvania Woman Killed By Counterfeit Fentanyl Pill; Dealer Charged With Her Death

November 8, 2018

A grand jury in Northampton County in Pennsylvania charged Gustavo Rivera after prosecutors made their case that he was the person who sold a counterfeit Percocet pill that contained fentanyl to Kara Heckenberger. She died after taking that pill on August 9, 2017…