Drug Enforcement Administration

San Francisco

Christopher Nielsen, Special Agent in Charge

April 04, 2016

Contact: Casey Rettig

Phone Number: (415) 436-7994

DEA Announces Anonymous Tip Line

Information requested regarding counterfeit hydrocodone tablets; Tip Line 530-722-7577

Example of seized, counterfeit hydrocodone pills.
Example of seized, counterfeit hydrocodone pills.

SAN FRANCISCO - In response to the multiple overdoses and deaths linked to counterfeit hydrocodone tablets containing Fentanyl, the Drug Enforcement (DEA) has established a tip line for the public to provide information to investigators.  Callers can remain anonymous.  Anyone with information relating to this investigation is encouraged to call the tip line at 530-722-7577.     

Fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid, has been linked to multiple overdoses and deaths throughout the Sacramento region since March 23, 2016.  The overdoses are occurring at an alarming rate.  Fentanyl is an odorless substance considered to be 25 to 50 times more potent than heroin and 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine.  Fentanyl is potentially lethal, even at very low levels.

As of today, according to the Sacramento County Department of Health and Human Services there have been 42 opioid-related overdoses and 10 (nine in Sacramento County and one in Yolo County) that have been reported.  

Public Health and Law Enforcement officials believe that the pills containing Fentanyl were likely sold on the street under the guise of being legitimate hydrocodone.  Additionally, the pills are marked to mimic the authentic hydrocodone product.  However, the Sacramento County Department of Health and Human Services reports that test results show that some of the tested pills did not contain hydrocodone, but rather fentanyl. 

The DEA urges the public not to take a prescription drug unless prescribed by your own physician and/or obtained from a reputable pharmacy.

The public can submit investigative tips anonymously to the established tip line at 530-722-7577.  If there is an immediate threat to human health or safety, it should be reported to your local police or law enforcement authority.

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