At the start of the July Fourth weekend, Suffolk County police issued a warning about counterfeit pills that contain fentanyl.
“During recent narcotics investigations, detectives seized pills purported to be oxycodone that were in actuality comprised of fentanyl,” police said in a statement issued Friday afternoon. The “counterfeit pills” were marked 30 milligrams oxycodone. They were to be sold illegally.
Fentanyl, a Schedule II opioid analgesic, is up to 1,000 times more potent than morphine, police said. Ingestion may lead to overdose and death.