Fake pills disguised as medication, such as painkillers and Xanax, are posing a deadly threat in Arizona, a group of law enforcement and pharmaceutical experts said on Thursday.
The eight experts, including Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone, Phoenix pharmacist Randle House and Arizona’s U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration special agent in charge Doug Coleman, met with U.S. Sen. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., to ask for help with controlling the drug-supply chain in Arizona.
“As we have the conversation about access to health care, out-of-pocket costs for drugs and border security, this is an element that needs to be elevated,” McSally said. “There is a counterfeit industry out there. It could be deadly to you and your loved ones. And we’ve got to work together as a whole society to be able to stop it.”