Williamson County is reporting an alarming spike in overdoses due to counterfeit prescription pills. The number of Williamson County EMS call for “Opioid overdose” is more than 5 times the usual month monthly average in the last 30 days and counterfeit pills appear to be the problem. EMS has responded to 16 overdose calls since the beginning of April. Williamson County Tweed this message about the alarming rise in overdose calls.
The counterfeit Oxycodone and Xanax pills contain fentanyl, a strong opioid, which is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine. Pharmaceutical fentanyl is a synthetic opioid pain reliever, approved for treating severe pain, typically advanced cancer pain. Reports from law enforcement indicate that much of the synthetic opioid overdose increase may be due to illegally or illicitly made fentanyl.
Opioid overdoses can cause death by slowing, and eventually stopping, a person’s breathing. However, a quick response to an opioid overdose, including administering naloxone and calling for medical assistance, can prevent brain injury and death. To learn more about how to respond or recognize an opioid overdose, visit: https://hhs.gov/opioids/treatment/overdose-response/index.html.
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