Oklahoma authorities warn of deadly counterfeit prescription pills

OKLAHOMA (KXII) - State and federal authorities are warning Oklahomans about deadly counterfeit prescription pills on the streets that have left one person dead and another in the hospital in recent weeks.

Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics spokesman Mark Woodward says both victims bought what they thought was the prescriptions painkiller, Oxycodone. But lab results came back positive for Fentanyl, a powerful and cheap synthetic opioid often sold on the black market by itself or used in filler in drugs like heroin.

"These counterfeit pills have been pressed into the same shape, with the same color and brand markings as legitimate pharmaceutical Oxycodone, so it’s almost impossible to tell the difference out on the streets," Woodward said.

The victim who survived the overdose from this counterfeit drug was saved by the administration of Narcan, a drug that can reverse an opioid overdose. Woodward says authorities want the public to be aware of this new threat to help prevent any additional victims of this drug.

Due to the ongoing investigation, investigators are not yet releasing the names of the victims or where the overdoses occurred.

Anyone with information that could help investigators identify the source of these pills is urged to call OBN at 1-800-522-8031. Callers can remain anonymous.