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McHenry County officials warn of counterfeit prescription medication containing fentanyl


MCHENRY COUNTY, Ill. (WREX) — Law enforcement in McHenry County are warning residents of a counterfeit prescription medication which contains fentanyl.

The McHenry County Sheriff's Office says several overdoses and deaths are suspected to be attributed to counterfeit prescription medications.

Fentanyl and numerous other substances have been discovered in counterfeit Percocet (oxycodone hydrochloride) pills which are stamped with “M 30."

These counterfeit pills are known are “Perc 30s” or “Blue M30” and look identical to factory manufactured Percocet pills, according to the sheriff's office.

The sheriff's office recommends that people do not purchase or ingest any prescription medication which is not prescribed to them, or prescription medication in which they cannot verify where its origin is from.

The sheriff's office also recommends the community members inform their family and friends about the effects of these potentially lethal counterfeit pills.

Anyone with information on these counterfeit pills is being asked to call the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office Tip Line at (815) 338-2144.

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