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Butte County authorities warn about fake pills

Butte County authorities said they have seen an increase in drug use, including fentanyl.

Posted: Jul 24, 2019 5:31 PM
Updated: Jul 24, 2019 5:32 PM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. – On Tuesday, Butte County Sherriff’s Deputies arrested a man on sale of drug charges.

While they were in the home they found a pill press, what could be counterfeit pills, and possibly fentanyl.

"We have had a couple recently where we have seen fentanyl pressed into counterfeit pills and we are hearing more on the streets fentanyl is more prevalent," said Megan McMann from Butte County Sheriff’s Office. 

Chico Police Chief O’Brien says they are seeing a similar problem in the city as well.

"We are seeing it certainly in the homeless population, we are seeing an element of that, but it's not just there, but that is certainly the most visible," he said. 

Micah Kuhn who goes to Butte College said drug use among college students is common.

"Especially with the younger generation, like my generation, I think it's really popular for people to use drugs," Kuhn said. 

Kuhn says besides the obvious dangers of taking drugs, fake pills make it riskier.

"But you don't really know what you are ever really getting, especially with something chemically based, because anyone could have made it with any ingredients they decided to make it with," Kuhn said. 

"That's the danger with elicit drugs, so when we are talking about these different conversations, you buying heroin, or you buying cocaine, you have no idea what's been put in that something if it has been laced with fentanyl or other things, you do not know that," O'Brien said. 

O’Brien also said they have been working to get a handle on the prescription pills problem in the city, but heroin is easier access for people.

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