Health officials warn of fake oxycodone in Lake County

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LAKE COUNTY, Ohio – Blue fentanyl-laced pills mimicking prescription oxycodone are being smuggled into the United States from Mexico, according to the United States Drug Enforcement Agency.

The Lake County Crime Laboratory recently processed more than 250 of these fake oxycodone tablets, the Lake County General Health District said in a news release on Monday.

A supervisor at the Lake County crime lab reports these pills had varying levels of Fentanyl combined with other substances.

“Fentanyl, a high potency opioid with 80 to 100 times the potency of morphine, rapidly suppresses respiration upon use, and has been linked to local, state, and national increases in overdose death,” health officials said.

The Lake County General Health District stressed the importance of Project DAWN, or Deaths Avoided with Naloxone. It is a state-wide overdose education program, which also provides the life-saving drug naloxone.

Editor’s note: A news release from the Lake County General Health District Monday morning referred to blue fentanyl-laced pills mimicking prescription oxycodone as “Mexican Oxy.” The health department sent another news release Monday afternoon, which omitted that terminology. 

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