EPD warning about laced drugs

Published: Jul. 7, 2021 at 11:49 AM CDT
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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - The Evansville Police Department is warning the public about laced drugs.

One trend on the rise is fentanyl-laced pills disguised to look like common drugs.

It’s an issue police are describing as concerning and scary.

We’re told the pills might look like Oxycodone pills.

Officers say they started seeing these pills in the spring.

At the beginning, police say they only saw a few fake pills, but now they’re seeing different pills made to look like drugs, including some to resemble drugs like Xanax.

“A lot of our teenagers are that kind of age group - is also known to pop pills here and there, and that’s a really big concern because they may not have any idea what fentanyl is, or what it can do or how lethal it can be,” EPD Sgt. Anna Gray said. “If someone has a pill and they are worried like, ‘If I turn this into the police, I’m going to be in trouble for having this.’ We would much rather someone come forward and say, ‘Hey, I found this pill,’ or ‘My teenager came home with this pill,’ and we can test that.”

Officers say they have also seen a common issue of heroin laced with fentanyl. Police say it’s very common to see these kind of drugs in this area, even more than seeing regular heroin.

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