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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.

Nevada Woman Charged With Selling Fake Fentanyl Pill That Killed A 26-Year-Old

October 31, 2018

A Henderson, Nevada woman has been charged in federal court for allegedly selling the counterfeit oxycodone pills made with fentanyl that killed 26-year-old Christiana Kuerner on March 14, 2017. Assistant Special Agent in Charge Daniel Neill of the DEA said fentanyl seizures are increasing in the southern part of the state, with 20,000-30,000 pills being found at a time…

Football Player In Texas Killed By Counterfeit Pills Made With Carfentanil

October 22, 2018

A former Rice University football player has been charged with causing the death of a 21-year-old student after selling the young man counterfeit hydrocodone pills made with carfentanil. Carfentanil is one of fentanyl’s many analogues. A lethal dose is so small it cannot be seen with the human eye…

Ten-Month-Old Leo Holz Died After Accidentally Ingesting a Counterfeit Fentanyl Pill

October 11, 2018

On September 18, 2017, ten-month-old Leo Holz put something he picked up off of his parents’ bed into his mouth. That something turned out to be a fake oxycodone pill made with fentanyl. He is perhaps the youngest known victim of the counterfeit fentanyl pill crisis…

Arizona Woman Sentenced To 12 Years For Selling Fake Pills That Killed One Man

October 8, 2018

A federal judge sentenced Fany Madrigal-Lopez to 12 years in prison after she pleaded guilty to selling counterfeit oxycodone pills made with fentanyl. Even after she learned of one customer’s death in November 2016, she continued to sell those pills until law enforcement finally caught up with her in August 2017…

An Epidemic Began with 14 Deaths in Sacramento

September 12, 2018

In a brutal month spanning March 23 to April 23, 2016, fourteen people in the Sacramento area died of suspected drug overdoses, and 38 others were poisoned. At the beginning authorities had no idea why there was a sudden spike in overdose deaths and suspected “contaminated drugs.” They would not know until the month was out and the recovered pills had been analyzed that these deaths were caused by counterfeit pills made with deadly fentanyl. One of those who was lost was a 28-year-old father of three, Jerome Butler.

PSM Executive Director and Carrie Luther in Tennessee to share the story of deadly fentanyl pills

August 24, 2018

Carrie Luther, who lost her son to counterfeit Xanax made with fentanyl three years ago, travelled to Tennessee with Partnership for Safe Medicines Executive Director Shabbir Safdar to share her story with the Healthy Tennessee Opioid Summit.

Counterfeit Fentanyl Pill Killed Young Man In Utah – Three Men Charged

August 23, 2018

The U.S. Department of Justice indicted three men in Utah for the death of Jaydon Rogers earlier this year. Adam Patrick Hemmelgarn, Tyler Jabbar Perry, and Christian Scott Jimerson allegedly sold the counterfeit fentanyl pill to Rogers who was found unresponsive and died two days later at the hospital…

Petaluma Mother Headed for Prison in the Fentanyl Pill Death of her Son

August 21, 2018

A Petaluma woman sits in jail awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to felony child-endangerment in the April death of her 16-year-old son. The teenager died as the result of ingesting a counterfeit Xanax pill containing fentanyl. His mother is facing up to 12 years in prison when sentenced. Her co-defendant in the case has been arraigned but has yet to face trial.

Colorado Man Indicted After Selling Fake Fentanyl Pills That Killed One And Injured Another

August 15, 2018

The U.S. DOJ indicted Christopher Huggett of Grand Junction, Colorado on one count of distributing fentanyl that resulted in death and one count of distributing fentanyl that resulted in serious bodily harm. Huggett allegedly sold counterfeit pain pills made with fentanyl. Emergency medical services were not able to revive Jonathan Ellington of Carbondale. The second victim is lucky to be alive…

Connecticut Man Charged With Distributing Counterfeit Xanax That Killed One Man

July 12, 2018

The U.S. Department of Justice announced an indictment against Kamil Golebioswki. The Connecticut man has various charges against him all stemming from his alleged illegal sale of counterfeit drugs. Golebioswki is believed to have sold the fake Xanax pill that was a contributing cause to a 29-year-old man’s death…

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