DEA Public Safety Alert and Campaign: "One Pill Can Kill", Pills Purchased Outside of a Licensed Pharmacy are Illegal, Dangerous, and Potentially Deadly; Includes public fact sheet

The DEA has issued a public safety warning alerting communities about the deadly risks of consuming medications purchased outside of a licensed pharmacy. Criminal drug networks are mass-producing fake pills and falsely marketing them as legitimate prescription pills through social media, e-commerce, the dark web, and existing distribution networks. Counterfeit pills are more lethal than ever before. These fake pills are designed to appear nearly identical to legitimate prescriptions such as Oxycontin®, Percocet®, Vicodin®, Adderall®, Xanax®, and other medicines. DEA laboratory testing reveals that today, four out of 10 fentanyl-laced fake pills contain a potentially lethal dose. A DEA Fact Sheet highlighting the risks of counterfeit pills is available. This fact sheet provides images of counterfeit and legitimate medications as comparisons. There are no distinguishable differences in appearance.