40% of counterfeit pills are deadly and pose a risk to teens

A warning to young people and their parents was issued on Friday afternoon about a worrying trend in drug trafficking. “Almost all kids have Snapchat on their phone,” said Hamilton County Coroner Dr. Lakshmi Sammarco. “You don’t know what’s on their phone.” On an oversized screen next to her at the coroner’s lab in Blue Ash, she displayed common emoji images. “As a parent, do you have any idea what that means? Because I don’t. I mean, until I saw them, I didn’t know what those emoji meant. And I don’t know how they’re used,” she said. Federal authorities said they were used to buy illegal drugs online, counterfeit pills in many cases. The DEA used the media megaphone on Friday to try to get the attention of teenagers, middle schoolers and their parents. Joseph Reder, resident agent in charge at the local DEA office offered this advice: “If you have a kid who has a cell phone, you really want to be careful what they send, what emojis they use because they there is a code that is used only to buy these illicit drugs,” he said. He said fake pills were crossing the southern border. According to Reder, of the 20 million counterfeit pills seized during the last year, four out of 10 contain lethal doses of fentanyl.He displayed the Oxycodone pills side by side.The ones on the right contained fentanyl and looked identical to the genuine pills, virtually impossible to tell the difference with the naked eye. Should we put it on college campuses? asked Newtown Police Chief Tom Synan, who is part of the Hamilton County Addiction Response Coalition. “Maybe it should. We put it in public libraries. There are restaurants and bars in the city center and across the Rhine that have it. We put Narcan where people tell us. let them put on Narcan.” Authorities said on Friday that illegal labs in this region are producing products with an extensive market. Urban, rural, white collar and blue collar. There is no differentiation regarding demand and deaths. There is also an appetite for illegal prescription drugs. “Seriously, Adderall pills? said Sammarco. “I mean, there’s this misconception that if you take an Adderall pill, you’ll do well on your exam.” What a doctor prescribes for one person should not be taken or tried by another. The risk factor is omnipresent. “If you take it, it could give you a seizure. It could lead to death. I mean, I’m not extreme,” Sammarco said. Hamilton County Coroner, there have been 4,176 overdose deaths. She said there were now four times as many overdose deaths as road deaths. Half of the million overdose deaths since 1968 have occurred in the past decade, according to Sammarco. She warned of “a huge wave of meth coming through” the area. She and Reder added that there are several crypto apps that are used to buy drugs. They said the message disappears once it is sent. That’s why they both stressed the importance of parents having a discussion with their children about all of this, however uncomfortable that may be.

A warning to young people and their parents was issued on Friday afternoon over a worrying trend in drug trafficking.

“Almost all kids have Snapchat on their phone,” said Hamilton County Coroner Dr. Lakshmi Sammarco. “You don’t know what’s on their phone.”

On an oversized screen next to her at the coroner’s lab in Blue Ash, she displayed common emoji images.

“As a parent, do you have any idea what that means? Because I don’t. I mean, until I saw them, I didn’t know what those emoji meant. And I don’t know how they’re used,” she said.

Federal authorities said they were used to buy illegal drugs online, counterfeit pills in many cases.

The DEA used the media megaphone on Friday to try to get the attention of teenagers, middle schoolers and their parents.

Joseph Reder, resident agent in charge at the local DEA office offered this advice.

“If you have a kid who has a cell phone, you really want to be careful what he sends, what emojis he uses because there is a code that is used just to buy these illicit drugs,” he said.

He said fake pills are flooding the southern border. According to Reder, of the 20 million counterfeit pills seized in the past year, four out of ten contain lethal doses of fentanyl.

He displayed the Oxycodone tablets side by side. The ones on the right contained fentanyl and looked identical to the genuine pills, virtually impossible to tell the difference with the naked eye.

Sammarco wondered aloud about the merits of having Narcan available on college campuses.

“Should we put Narcan in high schools? Should we put it on college campuses? asked Newtown Police Chief Tom Synan, who is part of the Hamilton County Addiction Response Coalition. “Maybe it should. We put it in public libraries. There are restaurants and bars in the city center and across the Rhine that have it. We put Narcan where people let us put it. Narcan.”

Authorities said on Friday that illegal labs in that region were making products with an extensive market. Urban, rural, white collar and blue collar. There is no differentiation regarding demand and deaths.

There is also an appetite for illegal prescription drugs.

“Seriously, Adderall pills? said Sammarco. “I mean, there’s this misconception that if you take an Adderall pill, you’ll do very well on your exam.”

What a doctor prescribes for one person should not be taken or tried by another. The risk factor is omnipresent.

“If you take it, it could make you have a seizure. It could lead to death. I mean, I’m not extreme,” Sammarco said.

In her 10 years as Hamilton County coroner, there have been 4,176 overdose deaths. She said there were now four times as many overdose deaths as road deaths.

Half of the million overdose deaths since 1968 have occurred in the past decade, according to Sammarco. She warned of “a huge wave of meth coming through” the area.

She and Reder added that there are several crypto apps that are used to buy drugs. They said the message disappears once it is sent.

That’s why they both insisted on the importance of parents having a discussion with their children about this, however uncomfortable it may be.

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