The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) and Attorney General Pam Bondi are warning Floridians about a new “super pill” in the state that contains deadly amounts of fentanyl mixed with other drugs.
According to FDLE, counterfeit drugs have been found in which fentanyl is mixed with otherwise legal prescription drugs like Oxycodone and Xanax.
When sold illegally on the street, the drugs still look like the legal prescriptions, but the dangerous amount of fentanyl added could lead to a quick death to those who take it.
So far, central Florida and the Tampa Bay area are the main locations where the new drugs have been found.
However, Attorney General Bondi says parents across the state need to have discussions with their children.
“Please, please, please just talk to your kids about it,” said Bondi. “Don’t take anything if you don’t know what it is, because when they are cutting it with fentanyl; some of these kids are dying within seconds. I say kids, but some of them are 20 [years old] and older.”
When prescribed legally, fentanyl is a pain medication that is much stronger than morphine and is given to people dealing with severe, chronic pain.
So far, at least 10 deaths in Florida have been linked to the use of fentanyl-cut drugs.