One Pill Can Kill Anti-Drug Campaign

Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is warning the American public of the alarming increase in the lethality and availability of fake prescription pills containing fentanyl and methamphetamine.

The One Pill Can Kill campaign is being used in hopes of spreading awareness that International and domestic criminal drug networks are mass-producing fake pills, falsely marketing them as legitimate prescription pills, and killing unsuspecting Americans. These counterfeit pills are easy to purchase, widely available, and often contain deadly doses of fentanyl. Pills purchased outside of a licensed pharmacy are illegal, dangerous, and potentially lethal. **This alert does not apply to legitimate pharmaceutical medications prescribed by medical professionals and dispensed by pharmacists. **

Drug traffickers are using fake pills to exploit the opioid crisis and prescription drug misuse in the United States, bringing overdose deaths and violence to American communities.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, last year more than 93,000 people died of drug overdoses in the United States, marking the largest number of drug-related deaths ever recorded in a year. Fentanyl, the synthetic opioid most found in counterfeit pills, is the primary driver of this alarming increase in overdose deaths.

YCSO and community partners including MATFORCE have been working hard to caution families and youth of the dangers of fentanyl. In 2021, for the first time in 5 years, overdose deaths in our county declined, with an 11% decrease. There was an 80% reduction in teen fentanyl overdose, but overall fentanyl overdose deaths continue to increase especially now that people are taking it without even knowing.

YCSO, along with local law enforcement partners and MATFORCE, urge families to talk now and often about the dangers of drug use. With fentanyl-laced pills available in our community, it is very important to remember that any pill, if not obtained personally and in its original packaging, may be counterfeit and contain fentanyl.

For more information visit https://www.dea.gov/

 

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