DPS warns of counterfeit opioid pills that actually contain fentanyl

38-year-old Mankato woman believed to be state's first such death

Sloane Martin
March 09, 2019 - 4:53 pm

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The Minnesota Department of Public Safety is warning about counterfeit opioid pills that actually contain fentanyl called "Mexican Oxy."

Fentanyl is an extremely strong, and too-often-fatal opioid. Most users are not aware of fentanyl's presence when they consume an opioid.

The Blue Earth County Sheriff's Office says a 38-year-old woman was found dead in a Mankato home last Tuesday of an apparent overdose. Investigators with the Minnesota River Valley Drug Task Force found pills manufactured as oxycodone with the letter M on one side and the number 30 on the other. They believe the pills originate in Mexico and look similar to legitimate pills. 

"Counterfeit opioid drugs are designed to look like the real thing,” Drew Evans, BCA Superintendent, said in a release. “Your supplier has no idea which dose would kill you, and neither will you. There is no safe dose.”

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The death is believed to be the first in Minnesota. Charges have not been filed in the death, but it remains under investigation.

“Violent Crime Enforcement Teams are targeting mid to high level drug dealers in hopes of making our communities safer,” Brian Marquart, statewide gang and drug coordinator, said. “We are trying to prevent any other tragedies from happening again.”