Special Agents with the Drug Investigation Division of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation are issuing a warning after a recent dramatic increase in counterfeit prescription drugs in Tennessee.
TBI said Middle Tennsee agents saw several cases of counterfeit drugs that look like Percocet pills, but contain potentially lethal ingredients. They said several overdoses across Middle Tennessee have been attributed to the batch of drugs.
“We want to make the public abundantly clear that these pills being made in clandestine labs present a very real and life-threatening danger to anyone who takes them,” says TBI Deputy Director Jason Locke. “We can’t stress enough that the pills people buy on the streets can and do contain deadly elements.”
In May 2015, TBI said law enforcement agencies recovered what appeared to be 30 mg pills of Oxycodone during a traffic stop, but a laboratory analysis indicated the pills did not contain Oxycodone, but fentanyl, a painkiller 50 times as potent as heroin that is deadly in high doses.