Louisville issues fentanyl alert in counterfeit prescription drugs

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (KT) – Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness issued an alert on Friday, warning that counterfeit prescription drugs tainted with fentanyl are flooding Louisville’s drug supply and are offering ways you can help protect yourself and others.

People today can get drugs almost anywhere: online, from friends, and on the streets. Because fentanyl is so strong, an overdose can happen within moments of ingestion. According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, fentanyl is one of the deadliest drugs and affects people in all 50 states.

According to the public health agency, illegal drugs made with fentanyl alter the perception of pain and trigger the release of endorphins, creating a temporary yet powerful feeling of pleasure, leading to a record number of overdose deaths.

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