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Counterfeit pills are causing overdose deaths in people of all ages in Connecticut and around the country. If you didn't get your medication from a retail pharmacy and if it's not prescribed for you, you can't be sure it's safe.
IT ONLY TAKES ONE PILL!
If it’s fake it can be a devastating mistake.
Nearly 15% of Young Adults (18 - 25)...
Reported prescription drug misuse in the past year and nearly 5% of youth ages 12 - 17 reported past-year nonmedical use. SOURCE
18 MILLON PEOPLE
In the United States, an estimated
18 million people have misused prescription drugs in the past year.
It is most common among those ages 18 - 25. SOURCE
10.1% OF CT HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
reported ever taking prescription drugs without a doctor’s prescription with rates highest for 12th graders at 10.5%.
The only safe place to get prescription medication from is a retail pharmacy that distributes FDA-approved drugs and they are only safe if they are prescribed for YOU.
You Think You Know...
But you can't be sure what's inside!
Although your friend wouldn't intentionally try to harm you, if they didn't get the drugs from a pharmacy, there is a chance they are counterfeit and may contain deadly additives.
The average person can't tell the difference between a real pill and a fake pill by looking at them.
Images from Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
WHAT IS BEING ADDED?
Fentanyl, Methamphetamine, Cocaine and other synthetic drugs are some of the substances being added.
When counterfeit drugs are made, potentially harmful substances are mixed in with the drug you think you're getting. Since this is not done in a lab with scientific equipment, the substances aren't blended and the dosing is not precise. This means some pills may be made of 100% harmful additives, like Fentanyl, that can cause a deadly overdose, while others may have only a small amount. If it's fake, it can be a devastating mistake!
The red dots indicate substances that are added that can be harmful.
Image from Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
Photo from: NH Public Radio
AMOUNT OF HEROIN, FENTANYL & CARFENTANIL NEEDED TO CAUSE FATAL OVERDOSE
Depending what is mixed in the pill, a tiny amount can be enough to cause a fatal overdose.
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