Fake pills are causing overdose deaths in people of all ages around the country. If you didn't get your medication from a retail pharmacy and if it's not prescribed for you, you can't be sure it's safe.
IT ONLY TAKES ONE PILL!
If it’s fake it can be a devastating mistake.
Young people are misusing prescription drugs, which puts them at risk of encountering fake pills.
The only safe place to get prescription medication from is a retail pharmacy that distributes FDA-approved drugs and they are only safe if they are prescribed for YOU.
You Think You Know...
But you can't be sure what's inside!
Although your friend wouldn't intentionally try to harm you, if they didn't get the drugs from a pharmacy, there is a chance they are fake and may contain deadly additives.
The average person can't tell the difference between a real pill and a fake pill by looking at them.
Images from Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
WHAT IS BEING ADDED?
Fentanyl, Methamphetamine, Cocaine and other synthetic drugs are some of the substances being added.
When counterfeit drugs are made, potentially harmful substances are mixed in with the drug you think you're getting. Since this is not done in a lab with scientific equipment, the substances aren't blended and the dosing is not precise. This means some pills may be made of 100% harmful additives, like Fentanyl, that can cause a deadly overdose, while others may have only a small amount. If it's fake, it can be a devastating mistake!
The red dots indicate substances that are added that can be harmful.
Image from Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
Photo from: NH Public Radio
AMOUNT OF HEROIN, FENTANYL & CARFENTANIL NEEDED TO CAUSE FATAL OVERDOSE
Depending what is mixed in the pill, a tiny amount can be enough to cause a fatal overdose.
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