DEA announces anonymous tip line
In response to the multiple overdoses and deaths linked to counterfeit hydrocodone tablets containing Fentanyl, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has established a tip line for the public to provide information to investigators. Callers can remain anonymous, according to a press release from the DEA. 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. The overdoses are occurring at an alarming rate, according to the DEA’s statement. 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 April 4, according to the Sacramento County Department of Health and Human Services there have been 42 opioid related overdoses and 10 deaths (nine in Sacramento County and one in Yolo County) that have been reported, according to the same statement.
Public Health and Law Enforcement officials believe that the pills containing Fentanyl were likely sold on the street as legitimate hydrocodone. Additionally the pills are marked to mimic the authentic hydrocodone product. The Sacramento County Department of Health and Human Services reports that test results show that some of the pills did not contain hydrocodone, but rather Fentanyl.
The DEA urges the public not to take a prescription drug unless prescribed by a physician and obtained from a reputable pharmacy.