By Steve Neavling
The DEA said more than 30 people died in Maricopa County in Arizona from counterfeit oxycodone pill laced with fentanyl.
The county confirmed 32 deaths from black-market pill between March 2015 to February 2017, the Arizona Republic reports.
The DEA said the counterfeit pills were manufactured in Mexico and smuggled into the U.S.
“What we have is a rapidly expanding opioid-based drug addiction in the country, and we have Mexican drug cartels adjusting to push dangerous drugs on streets,” said Doug Coleman, special agent in charge of the DEA in Arizona. “…They think they’re taking oxy, but they’re actually taking fentanyl, and it’s lights out.”
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