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Renewed Warning on Fentanyl Pills

Health Alert:

Counterfeit Pills Contaminated with Fentanyl Causing Drug Overdose

The Los Angeles Department of Public Health issued a renewed warning about the dangers of fentanyl-laced pills last week in light of recent overdose incidents involving adolescents. As an extra precaution, we remind parents to discuss the significant dangers of ingesting any illicit pills, particularly pills purchased online or given to them at social gatherings. 

The recent alert was issued after four adolescents were found overdosed following purchasing counterfeit narcotic pills at Lexington Park, including one student found deceased on campus at Bernstein High School in Hollywood on September 13, 2022.

In addition, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration recently issued this alert on the dangers of brightly-colored fentanyl pills, also known as "rainbow fentanyl," which appears to be a new method used by drug cartels to sell the highly addictive and dangerous pills made to look like candy to young people. The alert states that rainbow fentanyl can be found in many forms, including pills, powder and blocks that can resemble chalk or candy. Any pill (regardless of its color, shape or size) that does not come from a health care provider or pharmacist can contain fentanyl and can be deadly.

These incidents and alerts highlight the growing national and local trend of illicit drugs and counterfeit pills being contaminated with illegally manufactured fentanyl and other stimulant contaminants with toxicity impacting multiple organ systems, including the heart and brain, that can lead to life-threatening complications. Fentanyl is a high potency synthetic opioid that is colorless and odorless and can cause rapid respiratory depression resulting in accidental death.

Additional guidance for parents and families is available by clicking here and here.

One example of counterfeit pills.
Source: U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration