Counterfeit Pills and What You Need to Know


    On Wednesday, July 28, 2021, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) published an article about counterfeit prescription pills.  The DEA said counterfeit pills often look like legitimate prescription pills which a doctor might prescribe.  These pills are often laced with lethal doses of methamphetamine or fentanyl.  


    The DEA article said counterfeit pills are produced all over the world, but China, Mexico, and India are the main suppliers.  These pills are made under substandard conditions and may contain lethal unapproved substances.  The report also said the number of counterfeit pills found to contain fentanyl has risen significantly in the United States.  


    Online sales via internet marketplaces and social media are major sources for obtaining counterfeit pills. A significant number of high school and college students purchase Adderall and Xanax from dark web drug markets and/or through social media referrals.


    Parents and children are encouraged to educate themselves about the dangers of drugs by visiting DEA’s interactive websites at and


    Counterfeit pills are not just dangerous, they are deadly.  


    Prescott Valley Police Department can be contacted at (928) 772-9267 for non-emergencies, 911 for emergencies.   Yavapai County Silent witness is 1-800-932-3232.



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