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Posted on: October 11, 2022

IPD and the DEA Warn About the Dangers of Counterfeit Pills


Slide3The drug threats facing the U.S. are more pervasive and lethal than ever before with drug traffickers distributing synthetic fentanyl and meth in new forms – deadly, fake pills, made and deceptively marketed to look like real medicine. On pill can kill!

This is why the Irwindale Police Department has partnered with the U.S. DEA in warning our community about the dangers of counterfeit pills and in urging all Americans to only take medications prescribed by a medical professional and dispensed by a licensed pharmacist.  

Criminal drug networks are using social media and smartphone apps to flood the U.S. with deadly fentanyl and fentanyl-laced fake pills. The only safe medications are ones that come from licensed and accredited medical professionals.  Pills purchased outside of a licensed pharmacy are illegal, dangerous, and potentially lethal.

If you have unprescribed or suspicious pills, you can anonymously dispose of them in the secure drug receptacle in the police station lobby anytime 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, for free.  

Learn more about the dangers of counterfeit drugs, including information for parents and caregivers, at


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