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FISHERS, Ind. — The Fishers Police Department is warning residents about the dangers of counterfeit pills.

Over the past several months, the Fishers Police Department has investigated several accidental overdoses and three deaths believed to be related to the use of counterfeit pills containing the drug fentanyl.

Overdoses aren’t just attributed to a person abusing fentanyl, but also people who consume a drug they believe to be originally distributed by a pharmacy.

Pills such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, and alprazolam (Xanax) as well stimulants like amphetamines (Adderall) are being marketed as legitimate prescription pills and are often sold on social media platforms.

Popular apps like Snapchat, Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Telegram, and Whisper allow users, especially teens, to connect with drug dealers, and often remain anonymous.

In October, officers assigned to the FPD Crime Reduction Unit seized more than 25,000 counterfeit pills believed to contain fentanyl.

FPD urges all Fishers residents to be aware of the dangers of counterfeit pills and to only take medications prescribed to them by a medical professional and dispensed by a licensed pharmacist.