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Authorities Issue Warnings After Fake Xanax, Oxycontin Pills Discovery

According to a news report, authorities in Ohio are warning of fake prescription pills after it was discovered that counterfeit Xanax and fake Oxycontin are being sold there. The warning was issued by the Ohio Narcotics Intelligence Center. According to a news release, the fake pills contain fentanyl, which authorities said is a powerful, potentially lethal, drug.

The number and letter markings, colors, and scoring lines on the fake pills look identical to the real pills, according to the release.

The pills have been discovered by authorities across Ohio, the release said, including the Lake County Crime Lab.

The Ohio Narcotics Intelligence Center said these are signs your tablets could be fake:

•             The tablets do not come from a licensed healthcare provider

•             The tablets are not in prescription packaging (such as a labeled pill bottle)

•             The tablets are being sold individually or in unusually small quantities

•             The tablets are being sold in unusually large quantities

Here are some symptoms of fentanyl or opioid overdose:

•             Not breathing or slow breathing

•             Lips and nails turning the wrong color

•             Choking or coughing

•             Cold or clammy skin

•             Pupils in the eyes are extremely small

•             Dizziness or disorientation

Naloxone and fentanyl test strips are available at several community walk-in clinics in Northeast Ohio.


Dr. Oche Otorkpa PG Cert, MPH, PhD

Dr. Oche is a seasoned Public Health specialist who holds a post graduate certificate in Pharmacology and Therapeutics, an MPH, and a PhD both from Texila American University. He is a member of the International Society of Substance Use Professionals and a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health in the UK. He authored two books: "The Unseen Terrorist," published by AuthorHouse UK, and "The Night Before I Killed Addiction."
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