Study: One-Fifth of Young Adults Have Tried Prescription Drugs Off-Script
Get Smart About Drugs ( A DEA resource for parents, educators and caregivers) Shares information from a study that focuses on raising awareness about the danger of fentanyl-infused fake pills; 80% of 2021’s 7,500 deaths involved fentanyl, a figure that rose from 57% in 2018. The Drug Enforcement Administration seized around 10 million fake pills in 2021, more than double 2020’s total.
Around 40% of fake pills contain a potentially lethal dose of fentanyl. Professionals cannot tell the difference between real pills and fake ones. Adding to this problem is the fact that distributors market fake pills – which contain no pharmaceutical product – to youth over social media.