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EPD Says Fentanyl Laced Pills Are on The Rise

There is a new danger on the streets that's taking lives. Evansville Police officers say the drug overdose epidemic is so bad right now that it's important to be careful with any pills you may take.

Posted: Jul 7, 2021 8:42 PM
Updated: Jul 8, 2021 12:58 PM

Evansville Police officers say it's now more common to find fentanyl-laced heroin than pure heroin on the streets and the same goes for other drugs.

Other narcotics laced with fentanyl include marijuana and synthetics like K-2. This new trend? Kicking into high gear since this spring.

There are also new pills that are handmade to look like prescription pills that are getting brought over from Mexico and sold right here in the tri-state, leading to many overdoses cases in just the past few months, some even fatal.

"It's not just the pills that look like Xanax or OXCY -- those are the most common that we've seen. But there's others out there," said Sgt. Anna Gray with the Evansville Police Department. "A teenager may go to a friend's house saying, 'I have an Ibuprofen.' Or something, but until you know exactly what it is you know I am just urging parents to talk to their kids about the dangers of these medications that could be laced."

Police say teens are mostly getting these pills from parties.

And it's highly concerning, with officers saying the younger generation needs to fully understand the dangers of fentanyl.

Police urge anyone who's facing addiction issues to seek treatment sooner rather than later.

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