Law Enforcement Warns Central Florida of ‘Death Pills’

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement warned Central Florida residents that they have found a “death pill” on the streets that has caused at least one death.

The pills are being sold illegally as Percocet, Xanax, Oxycodone and other drugs, but they contain the extremely potent drug fentanyl.

“In the past week, our FDLE laboratory in Orlando has seen several examples of counterfeit prescription painkillers which have contained a deadly concoction of fentanyl,” Special Agent Danny Banks said at a press conference April 5.

Fentanyl is an incredibly powerful opioid painkiller with about 100 times the potency of morphine. The drug has led to increases in emergency department visits and overdose deaths across the U.S. since 2012, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

The FDLE is warning Floridians that drug dealers may not know they’re selling pills laced with fentanyl. So far, the drugs have been found in Osceola and Brevard counties, and some of the confiscated pills have been 100 percent fentanyl.

“The message we clearly want to deliver to our community right now is, if you are dependent upon or you are experimenting with prescription painkillers, please make sure you are getting those painkillers from a licensed pharmacy,” Banks said.

Fentanyl Use Rising in Central Florida

Fentanyl has been on law enforcement’s radar for several years. The drug was involved in 397 deaths in Florida in 2014, according to the 2014 Medical Examiners Commission report.

From 2013 to 2014, deaths involving fentanyl increased by 84.2 percent and deaths caused by fentanyl increased 114.6 percent across the state.

Central Florida medical examiner districts identified almost 300 deaths involving the drug in 2014:

In the first three months of 2016, Orange County law enforcement reported finding increasing amounts of heroin laced with fentanyl, which is about 50 times more potent than heroin, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

Counterfeit oxycodone and Xanax pills containing fentanyl were found in the Tampa area, and at least nine overdose deaths in Tampa were linked to pills containing fentanyl, according to the Sentinel.

On April 5, FDLE was most concerned with Central Florida youth getting ahold of the dangerous pills.

“Mark my words, this death pill will be in the hands of our high school-aged students in Central Florida,” Banks said. “It is bad, bad stuff that is killing people, and it is here right now.”

A total of 1.8 percent of all Florida students reported past-30-day misuse of prescription pain relievers in the 2015 Florida Youth Substance Abuse Survey.

“Perhaps these pills may be already in the hands of some of our central Florida high school students and thus the importance of this message,” Banks said.

FDLE Encourages Use of Drop-Off Locations

Law enforcement encourages people who have obtained illegal prescription pain relievers to turn them in to a number of prescription drug drop-off locations in the area.

The locations do not accept sharp instruments such as needles.

Orange County Drop-Off Locations:

Belle Isle Police Department
1521 Nela Ave., Belle Isle, FL 32809
Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Ocoee Police Department
646 Ocoee Commerce Parkway, Ocoee, FL 34761
Monday – Thursday, 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. & Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Orange County Sheriff’s Office Central Operations
2500 W. Colonial Drive, Orlando, FL 32804
Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Northwest Orange County Sheriff’s Substation
1111 North Rock Springs Road, Apopka, FL 32712
Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
East Orange County Sheriff’s Substation
11000 Lake Underhill Road, Orlando, FL 32825
Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
West Orange County Substation
475 W. Story Road, Ocoee, FL 34761
Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
South Orange County Sheriff’s Substation
2400 W. 33rd St., Orlando, FL 32839
Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Orlando Police Department
100 S. Hughey Ave., Orlando, Florida 32801
Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Windermere Police Department
620 Main St., Windermere, FL 34786
Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Winter Garden Police Department
251 W. Plant St., Winter Garden, FL 34787
Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Winter Park Police Department
500 N. Virginia Ave., Winter Park, FL 32789
Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
UCF Health Services Pharmacy
4098 Libra Drive, Orlando, FL 32816
Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. & Saturday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
UCF Student Union
1275 Pegasus Drive, Orlando, FL 32816
Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. – 9 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. & Sunday 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Seminole County Drop-Off Locations:

Altamonte Springs Police Department
451 E. Altamonte Drive, Altamonte Springs, 32701
Altamonte Springs mall on the lower level between JC Penney and Macy’s
Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Seminole County Sheriff’s Office
120 W. Pineview St., Altamonte Springs, FL 32714
Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Casselberry Police Department
4195 U.S. 17-92, Casselberry, FL 32707
First Wednesday of each month, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Lake Mary Police Department
165 E. Crystal Lake Ave., Lake Mary, FL 32746
24/7
Seminole County Sheriff’s Office
805 Primera Blvd., Lake Mary, FL 32746
Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Longwood Police Department
235 W. Church Ave., Longwood, FL 32750
Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Oviedo Police Department
300 Alexandria Blvd., Oviedo, FL 32765
Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Seminole County Sheriff’s Office
1225 E. Broadway St., Oviedo, FL 32765
Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Sanford Police Department
815 Historic Goldsboro Blvd., Sanford, FL 32771
Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Seminole County Sheriff’s Office
100 Bush Blvd., Sanford, FL 32773
Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Winter Springs Police Department
300 N. Moss Road, Winter Springs, FL 32708
24/7

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