Ada police say counterfeit pills may be causing accidental overdoses in the area

Having naloxone on hand could save a life
Updated: Jun. 4, 2021 at 6:41 PM CDT
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ARDMORE, Okla. (KXII) - In a Facebook post, Ada police said counterfeit Xanax pills are being sold in the area and they suspect the pills are laced with fentanyl.

To get an idea of its strength, the CDC’s website says fentanyl is given to advanced cancer patients to treat pain.

It can be 100 times more potent than morphine, and easier to overdose on.

“Fentanyl in and of itself is a very powerful drug,” Arbuckle Life Solutions Executive Director Kevin Bone said. “Very highly addictive and people overdose on it very easily.”

Bone said one reason fentanyl is so dangerous is that its often mixed in to illegally made pills, such as the Xanax bars that Ada police said are being sold in the area.

If you’re buying pills illegally, you might not even know that you’ve taken fentanyl.

“It’s not one that people are really seeking out as a primary drug of choice,” Bone said. “So often with fentanyl, its mixed with these other drugs- methanphetamines, cocaine, heroin-that we really don’t see it as something that they’re going out and trying to find on the street.”

Bone said Fentanyl has benefits for someone making illegal pills-it’s easy to make, cheaper than other opioids, and the resulting pills are more potent.

“More highly addictive and so they’re gonna see repeat customers,” Bone said.

Ada police said accidental overdoses resulting in death in the area are believed to be attributed to the counterfeit pills, which are not legitimate prescription pills from licensed pharmacies.

“A lot of times there may be an overdose, and you call 911 but it takes awhile for them to get there,” Bone said. “But if you have Narcan on hand, you can administer it yourself.”

Oklahoma law states any pharmacy can give out naloxone without a prescription.

If you have any information about these counterfeit Xanax pills, contact the Ada Police Department at 580-332-4466 or anonymously with Crime Stoppers at 580-33-CATCH.

If you or a loved one is suffering from substance abuse of any kind, Arbuckle Life Solutions offers professional counseling services. They can also help you get Narcan confidentially.

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