Wichita police warn of fake oxycodone pills containing fentanyl

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) Wichita police are warning the public about fake oxycodone pills being distributed in Sedgwick County.

Police say two cases have been confirmed where suspected oxycodone pills seized were counterfeit pills, embedded with fentanyl.

The counterfeit pills appear from their markings to be legitimate oxycodone pills. After being tested, the pills are confirmed to contain Fentanyl instead of the ingredients of authentic oxycodone.

"The counterfeit pills are being sold as oxycodone pills and the consumer is unaware that the pills contain fentanyl,"said Wichita Police Captain Jeff Allen. "Fentanyl is a highly dangerous drug and can be up to 30-50 times more powerful than heroin and small amounts ingested can be fatal."

Investigators suspect the counterfeit pills may be responsible for overdoses and overdose deaths in Sedgwick County over the past few months.

Anyone with information about the illegal use or sale of any drug is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at (316) 267-2111.