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Editorial: Fight threats to health by being smart

Four examples of mimic pills laced with fentanyl. The pills are made to look like baby aspirin, oxycodone, Xanax and metformin, but are in fact only mimic pills laced with fentanyl. (PANT/Courtesy)

Four examples of mimic pills laced with fentanyl. The pills are made to look like baby aspirin, oxycodone, Xanax and metformin, but are in fact only mimic pills laced with fentanyl. (PANT/Courtesy)

It seems that we living in the Greater Prescott area have a scourge or two to be concerned about.

An obvious one is the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, which is starting to see fewer and fewer new cases reported. Still, this threat is not over and continued efforts — such as smart hand-washing, social distancing and wearing of face coverings — are wise and prudent.

The other challenge we speak of today is that of pills looking like common medications. Unfortunately, many are testing positive for fentanyl or one of its analogs.

“The pills being found in the community have no visible indication as to their contents,” a news release stated. “Through testing, many of the pills have been confirmed to contain valeryl fentanyl, which is a fentanyl analog. Varying fentanyl analogs are often 10 to 100 times more powerful than standard medical-grade fentanyl.”

These common medications include what looks like aspirin, Xanax and Percocet.

Partners Against Narcotics Trafficking stated Monday, Aug. 17, that in recent weeks its detectives have been investigating several cases in the quad-city area involving fentanyl pills looking like these common medications.

Even a small dose of fentanyl can cause an overdose or death, and such incidents have been increasing in Yavapai County in recent months.

The answer: Do NOT use any drugs or medications except those you obtain personally from a store, such as with a prescription, or those that are in their commercial packaging or bottle.

Otherwise, they may be counterfeit and contain fentanyl or fentanyl analogs, according to the news release from PANT, the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office and MATForce.

Talk with your family members and friends now, and be truly aware about the dangers of drug abuse. That includes taking medications for which their origins are suspect.

“With fentanyl-laced pills available in our community, it is very important to remember that any pill if not obtained personally and in its original packaging may be counterfeit and contain fentanyl or fentanyl analogs,” authorities added.

For more information about the dangers of fentanyl, visit drugabuse.gov.

It comes down to knowing something that can kill you is out there; we can avoid it by taking a few cautionary, simple steps.

And, by doing so, we can avoid becoming a statistic.

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