TPD shows off fake pill press

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The opioid crisis is a deadly one, and the Tucson Police Department is showing how deadly it really can be.

Over the last two days the TPD crime lab has confirmed two cases of fake narcotics. One pill looked like a Xanax, but contained methamphetamine, fentanyl and palmitic acid. The other a fake oxycodone that contained fentanyl.

Tucson Police Department Lt. Chris Wildblood showed Tucson News Now two pill presses, one that was electric and the other a hand press, both seized from a case in 2015 and used to make fake opioids.

"If you don't get it from a pharmacy you run the risk you're playing Russian roulette, is what I have said before it's anyone's guess that will be in the crime lab right across the way is proof of what is coming out there it's scary," said Wildblood.

Wildblood is also a member of the Counter Narcotics Alliance and says these type of drugs have killed people in our community, including rapper Lil Peep, who died of an overdose of fentanyl last year.

He says this will continue if the public doesn't get educated on this issue.

"These people don't care if they overdose and kill someone," said Wildblood. "Guess what they don't care because it's all about the money to them. This is just a means to get the money that they're after."

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