APD warns public about potentially lethal counterfeit prescription drugs


The Amarillo Police Department wants to make the public aware of the lethal hazards of tainted, counterfeit prescription pills which could become available "on the street" in Amarillo. 

Earlier this month, the APD Narcotics Unit was made aware that an agency had intercepted a quantity of about 2000 pills that were en route to Amarillo.  These counterfeit pills, which are illegally sold as Xanax or other benzodiazepines, contained another even more hazardous drug: fentanyl.  Fentanyl is a powerful opiate narcotic pain reliever. 

According to the Drug Enforcement Administration web site, the drug is “30-50 times as potent (and deadly) as heroin.” 

The DEA also states that the drug’s effects “resemble those of heroin and include euphoria, drowsiness, nausea, confusion and sedation.  With repeated exposure comes tolerance, addiction, respiratory depression and arrest, unconsciousness, coma, and death.”

The counterfeit pills bound for Amarillo contained unpredictable amounts of the deadly drug.  The DEA considers 2 milligrams as a lethal dose for most non-opioid dependent persons.

APD Narcotics investigators familiar with local trends described the pills as being white or yellow.  They are referred to as “school buses” or “yellow school buses.”  Sellers have previously targeted young athletes, claiming that the pills will improve sleep and recovery to enhance athletic performance.

Anyone who purchases pills sold “on the street” as Xanax or any other substance is risking overdose and death.

This information does not in any way apply to legally prescribed medications obtained from licensed, legal pharmacies.

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