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    Alert: Recent Deaths at Ohio State Reveal Threat From Shared “Prescription” Pills

    By Dr. Arthur Lavin

    It was recently reported that two college students at OSU died from taking fake Adderall pills that turned out to be laced with Fentanyl.


    This should serve as a very loud, and very strong warning to all of us that our country is being flooded with pills that look like “legit” prescription pills, but are in fact loaded with enough Fentanyl to kill you.

    The article goes on to document that about 20% (!!!) of fake prescription pills are laced with Fentanyl.

    These two deaths, in two healthy college students, at Ohio State, happened when these kids took what they thought was someone’s prescribed Adderall.  Taking someone else’s Adderall is epidemic across all colleges in the United States.

    If you get a real prescription from a real doctor and it is issued by a real pharmacy, for Adderall, of course those pills will not have Fentanyl in them.

    But, if any of our children get pills from a person, not a doctor and pharmacy, there is now a good chance those pills will be laced with Fentanyl.

    From April 2020 to April 2021, 100,000 Americans died from drug overdoses, the majority from Fentanyl.

    Fentanyl is a very, very potent opioid, an artificial variant of morphine.  It acts fast and it acts strongly.  It does both so well, it is used as an anesthetic.  It doesn’t take much Fentanyl to overdose and kill anyone.

    Bottom Lines:

    1. Kids are passing fake prescription pills around right now and a lot.
    2. During final exam periods, like now, the passing around of stimulants like Adderall is rampant.
    3. Per the FDA, about 20% of the fake prescription pills being widely spread around are laced with Fentanyl.
    4. ALL OUR CHILDREN old enough to tap into this spread of pills need to know that their lives are truly at risk taking ANY PILL not prescribed from a doctor and/or issued by a pharmacy in the pharmacy or manufacturer’s bottle. PERIOD

    Please let all your older children and friends know.

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