The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office detects Carfentanil in fake OxyContin pills

Posted at 1:02 PM, Jul 26, 2017

Fake OxyContin, that actually contain the potent animal sedative Carfentanil, has been found in Northeast Ohio.

It's considered by police a serious development in the opioid epidemic that could lead to more overdose deaths.

The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office has detected Carfentanil in fake OxyContin pills.

The drugs were submitted to the examiner's office from the Cleveland Police Department.

Dr. Thomas Gibson of the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office released the following statement.

“Today the Cuyahoga County Drug Chemistry Laboratory identified carfentanil in pills that were made to look like OxyContin tablets. This situation is alarming, as the potency of carfentail is substantially greater than the oxycodone found in OxyContin, and there is a serious risk of unintentional overdose in their use,” said Dr. Gilson. “People who recreationally use OxyContin purchased from street sources should be aware of this very dangerous development that may result in rapid death. These fake tablets are illegally manufactured to resemble OxyContin. The supply of tablets dispensed legally from a pharmacy will not be affected by this.”

There were 58 confirmed fatal cases containing carfentanil in 2016.

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