Monday, November 4, 2019

DEA issues warning over counterfeit prescription pills from Mexico laced with fentanyl


Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat TY Gus from DEA Press Release

Better late than never? 

In tablets seized nationwide January through March, DEA found that 27 percent contained potentially lethal doses of fentanyl

Examples of counterfeit pills seized by DEA

WASHINGTON – The Drug Enforcement Administration is alerting the public of dangerous counterfeit pills killing Americans. Mexican drug cartels are manufacturing mass quantities of counterfeit prescription pills containing fentanyl, a dangerous synthetic opioid that is lethal in minute doses, for distribution throughout North America.

Based on a sampling of tablets seized nationwide between January and March 2019, DEA found that 27 percent contained potentially lethal doses of fentanyl.

“Capitalizing on the opioid epidemic and prescription drug abuse in the United States, drug trafficking organizations are now sending counterfeit pills made with fentanyl in bulk to the United States for distribution,” said DEA Acting Administrator Uttam Dhillon. “Counterfeit pills that contain fentanyl and fentanyl-laced heroin are responsible for thousands of opioid-related deaths in the United States each year.”

Fentanyl and other highly potent synthetic opioids remain the primary driver behind the ongoing opioid crisis, with fentanyl involved in more deaths than any other illicit drug.

A lethal dose of fentanyl is estimated to be about two milligrams, but can vary based on an individual’s body size, tolerance, amount of previous usage and other factors. The full Fentanyl Signature Profiling Program Report on the recent drug sampling and testing is available below.



27 comments:

  1. The reason the DEA is after chapos is pretty clear now lol
    Cds are taking profits from pharmaceutical companies in the U.S
    Not to mention that, that fentanyl has killed MANY fiends which is ALSO bad for business.. Just saying

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    1. If ya already putting a comment, no need to put just saying. That's double saturation lol.

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    2. Imagine the mental gymnastics you have to do to come up with something as stupid as what you just said

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  2. The Cartel that figures out how to obtain real Oxycodone would be rich overnight. With all of the resources they have, I am surprised they have not found a way to get the real deal.

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    1. right.. a seriously good question

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    2. They only care about profits. Quality is not always necessary...

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    3. Why would they need oxycodone when they have a much cheaper, more powerful version...?

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    4. Ugh, mostly because of the ridiculously strict requirements involved in the production of pharmaceutical products. Everything from the active ingredients to the cutting agents are monitored at every step of the progress. The source materials are tightly controlled. If even one ingredient is difficult to source, the entire process falls flat—no substitutes can be used. If you want an example of how this plays out in less-difficult-to-produce substances like cocaine, try buying or importing a large amount of ethyl alcohol to Colombia.

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    5. i mean they could just make their own oxycodone/oxymorphone made from mexican poppies. they extract the Thebaine and from there they synthesize the oxy in powder form. It will be more expensive than cocaine or even oil instead of crappy fent that is not even really enjoyable.

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    6. @4:54, because Fent is killing their customers, so why would they want to kill their profits?

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    7. I understand what @12:16 is asking. I am thinking the post means like can a Cartel open a front Pharmacy in Mexico, order the RX's and then go from there. They were able to open a company and import all of that precursor material to make Meth (with the Chinese guy). But as @4:31 said, they are worried about profits more than quality.

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  3. Don't mess with the DEA, cartels beware. Bad hombres mucho prison time.

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  4. Big shoot out in Agua Prieta anybody know anything about it since 3 AM this morning

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  5. When is the full 2019 DEA report coming out?

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  6. From the Cartel. Mr. Amlo u have done a fine job. We been able to kill more people, kidnap more people and become full time terrorists . We control all of Tamps. Also control bridges. Keep up another five years we promise u we can increase homicides at least 20% a year. Thanks The Cartel

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  7. They’re doing this to inject another round of “Mexican Drug Crisis” into 2020 election. After all, fighting any type of “substance” ensures job security for this organization.

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  8. Is it still safe for Americans to travel to mexican border towns to buy prescription medications?

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  9. Sorry off subject but there are reports of a big gun fight in Agua Prieta, Sonora. Also heard a rumor that Los Chapitos and RCQ will together fight CJNG.

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  10. Broly Treviño died of an OD (the rumor is heroin cut with something, probably Fent)
    Chivis, mandales mis mas sinceras condolencias a las trevis cuando los veas en el funeral, ok?

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  11. Is our goverment trying to wash there hands and blame mexico for the opioid crisis death in America

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  12. 12:16 pm they probably never thought of that strategy but it would succeed. Because a need is going to be met.

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  13. 12 U.S citizens killed including kids and babies by Mexican cartel.

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  14. I live in California. I know that some people from here go to Mexican pharmacies to buy their prescription medications, because they can’t afford them in the US.
    The article states that the cartels are producing dangerous counterfeit prescription meds. Are those meds limited to pain killers ? Just wondering. In the past, I have known of seniors who go in groups across the border to fill prescriptions.

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    1. not RX these are street drugs or knock offs of the real thing. Mexico and Canada have always been sources for lower priced pharma. Its twisted because the U.S. funds and conducts the R and D for most

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    2. @Chivis, is it true that the Pharmacies in Mexico do not sell Oxycodone? Not sure if you know that but I heard that was the reason people do not go into Mexico and get Percocet to bring to the US.

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    3. I have no knowledge of that

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    4. Yes that is true. Mexico pharmacies do not sell oxycodone

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