Authorities say 2 Oklahoma deaths tied to counterfeit drugs

Authorities say 2 Oklahoma deaths tied to counterfeit drugs
This undated photo provided by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's Phoenix Division shows a closeup of the fentanyl-laced sky blue pills known on the street as "Mexican oxy." Smuggled in from Mexico, these mimic the prescription drug oxycodone. Law enforcement officers in the U.S. Southwest say they have also seen fentanyl-laced pills mimicking Vicodin pain medicine and Xanax anti-anxiety tablets, as well as fentanyl powder to mix with heroin for an extra kick. Officers say that because the tablets are designed to look like prescription medicine, consumers often don't know they are swallowing fentanyl. And because they are made without any kind of quality control, taking them is like Russian roulette because the amount of fentanyl in each can vary widely. (Drug Enforcement Administration via AP) (Source: AP)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Two recent deaths in Oklahoma are believed to be the result of counterfeit oxycodone, according to the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics.

Both deaths were Sunday in Oklahoma County and pills, which later tested positive for fentanyl, were found inside the home of one of the victims, said OBN spokesman Mark Woodward.

“The pills were blue in color and stamped to look like 30 milligram Oxycodone. Side-by-side, it would be hard for anyone to tell the difference,” Woodward said. “We are concerned there are more of these pills circulating the streets and we could see additional overdose victims.”

Woodward said a person of interest is being questioned in the case and is cooperating with OBN investigators.

Oxycodone is a prescription opioid used to treat moderate to severe pain, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control.

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid and a powerful pain reliever up to more than 100 times more potent than morphine that is typically give to patients with advanced cancer, the CDC said.