EUGENE, Ore. -- There has been a significant increase in overdose deaths attributed to fentanyl, according to the Eugene Police Department. Most commonly, these deaths have been linked to fake prescription drugs that are actually fentanyl, police said.
The fake prescription drugs are usually not white in appearance whereas the actual prescriptions are white and occasionally a very light blue color. Police said the fake drugs in Eugene are commonly bright blue.
The "M" on one side and the "30" on the other are stamped to make the pill appear to be oxycodone hydrochloride, which is prescribed to treat moderate to severe pain. Officials said these are fake and actually contain fentanyl.
Fake prescription medications can be identified by the color and by looking at the stamping on the pill, police said. The fake pills do not have the same manufacturing standards and the imprinting on the pill is usually not well defined or professional in appearance.
Fentanyl is around 100 times stronger than morphine and around 50 times stronger than heroin. Very small amounts of this drug can kill, according to police.