State authorities are trying to track down the source of a deadly synthetic drug that has left one person dead and resulted in another’s nonfatal overdose.
In recent weeks, one person died and another was hospitalized after purchasing Fentanyl on the streets, the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control said in a news release Monday.
“It appears both victims bought what they thought was the prescription painkiller, Oxycodone” bureau spokesman Mark Woodward said in the release.
“However, a sample of a pill submitted to the OSBI lab tested positive for Fentanyl, a very powerful and cheap synthetic opioid often sold on the black-market by itself or used as filler in such drugs as heroin.
“These counterfeit pills have been pressed into the same shape, with the same color and brand markings, as legitimate pharmaceutical Oxycodone, so it’s almost impossible to tell the difference out on the streets.”
The OBNDD, citing an ongoing investigation, did not say where the two cases occurred and did not identify the victims.
Fentanyl is 80 to 100 times more potent than morphine and up to hundreds of times more potent than heroin.
The victim who survived the overdose was saved by the administration of Narcan, a drug that can reverse an opioid overdose.
Woodward said authorities want the public to be aware of the threat to help prevent any additional victims of the drug.
Anyone with information that could help investigators identify the source of the pills is urged to call OBN at 1-800-522-8031. Callers can remain anonymous.
— From staff reports