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Congress Looks to Crack Down on Counterfeit Opioids
As seen in WPXI News.
Members of Congress are looking for ways to crack down on one of the tools of the trade for criminals making dangerous, fake pills. A House committee investigating the opioid crisis…wants to know why anyone can buy a machine that can churn out counterfeit drugs. Sellers say they’re for making vitamins, or candy, but safety advocates say the machines also have more dangerous uses.
“So it seems there is a whole new methodology that counterfeiters are using,” said Sam Louis, an assistant U.S. attorney who prosecuted drug counterfeiting cases.
He says makers of fake drugs are ordering machines, usually from China, and pressing out pills with names like Percocet. The real ingredients are unknown, and often contain the synthetic opioid fentanyl, the leading cause of overdose deaths in the U.S.
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