Counterfeit prescription pills circulating streets of Davis County, police say

Posted at 8:23 PM, Jun 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-14 22:23:18-04

LAYTON, Utah — A rise in counterfeit prescription pills circulating the streets of Davis County has resulted in at least one overdose death, authorities confirmed Tuesday evening.

According to a Facebook post from Layton police, officers have seen an increase in counterfeit Roxicodone prescription pills and heroin containing fentanyl, which is 50 times stronger than heroin.

The normal dosage of fentanyl is one microgram, which is similar to a few granules of salt, the Facebook post states.

“Fentanyl is extremely dangerous and is lethal at very small doses,” the post states.

Authorities warn that drugs purchased on the street may contain fentanyl and will cause an overdose.

One person has died of an overdose in the Layton area and police say they’re concerned that there could more potential overdoses in the area.

“If you locate prescription pills with Roxicodone markings “A” and “215” and you aren’t sure where they originated from, use caution in handling them as you can absorb fentanyl through your skin,” the post states.

Authorities say fentanyl has not been found in Roxicodone purchased from a pharmacy.

“The at-risk counterfeit prescription pills are being made by street drug dealers and sold on the street as they are cheaper and easier to obtain,” the post states.