Drug Enforcement Administration

El Paso

Kyle Williamson, Special Agent in Charge

March 01, 2019

Contact: Diana Apodaca

Phone Number: (571) 324-6325

DEA El Paso Division Safety Bulletin

Fake oxycodone fentanyl tablets

DEA’s El Paso Division, which covers West Texas and New Mexico, is issuing this safety bulletin to remind the public not to purchase pills or medications from street dealers. Recently DEA El Paso learned that certain pills, which are being sold on the street and have similar markings to legitimate oxycodone pills, are in fact counterfeit pills containing fentanyl.

Fentanyl is an extremely potent synthetic opioid that is 50 to 100 times stronger than morphine. Fentanyl is odorless, and an unintentional exposure can be fatal.

We remind the public that buying from street dealers is dangerous, because purchasers cannot know whether a pill is counterfeit or what it actually contains. 

This can be a life or death choice. 

DEA El Paso encourages the community to visit the interactive websites at www.justhinktwice.com, www.GetSmartAboutDrugs.com and www.dea.gov to learn more about the dangers of drug abuse.



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