BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. – Butte County is seeing a spike in overdoses from counterfeit pills containing fentanyl, according to the Butte Interagency Narcotics Task Force (BINTF).
The synthetic opiate is 50 to 100 times stronger than morphine and 30 to 50 times stronger than heroin, BINTF said. Two milligrams can be a deadly dose.
The counterfeit pills are manufactured using a pill press and can appear to look like any form of legitimate prescription medication.
Authorities said the most popular counterfeit pills are Oxycodone pills commonly called “M30’s” and Xanax pills commonly referred to as “Zani Bars.” However, these counterfeit pills can be pressed to look like any form of legitimate prescription medication.
The BINTF is asking people to be cautious and to not use medications that are not prescribed by a physician and obtained from a legitimate pharmacist. Even one of these counterfeit pills can be deadly if they are not formulated properly.
Anyone with information regarding the sales of counterfeit pills or other narcotics, contact the Butte Interagency Narcotics Task Force at 530-538-2261.