Madison County Sheriff issues warning on fentanyl-laced pills

MADISON COUNTY, Tenn. — Madison County Sheriff John Mehr is issuing a public safety alert following a warning from the Drug Enforcement Administration about counterfeit pills.

The DEA has seen an alarming increase in both the lethality and availability of fake prescription pills containing fentanyl and methamphetamine.

A release states criminal drug networks are currently mass-producing the pills and falsely marketing them as legitimate prescriptions.

Sheriff Mehr warns that pills purchased outside of a licensed pharmacy are not only illegal, but potentially deadly. DEA lab testing shows that two out of every five pills laced with fentanyl could contain a lethal dose.

If you have any further questions or information to offer on this growing problem, contact the Madison County Sheriff’s Office at (731) 423-6000.

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