ORLANDO, Fla. -
A deadly new drug that has the potential to kill someone in just minutes has made its way to Central Florida, law enforcement officials say.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement said a drug known as the "super pill" is a lethal mix of Xanax and fentanyl and is 80 times stronger than morphine.
Fentanyl is an opiate that is used to relieve pain.
The pill has already been linked to nine deaths in the Tampa Bay area.
FDLE's Orlando crime laboratory said it started seeing counterfeit drugs, not legally prescribed, containing dangerous amounts of fentanyl or fentanyl mixed with other drugs like Percocet, Xanax or Oxycodone.
The “super pill” is designed to look like regular painkillers, but contains fentanyl, the FDLE said.
“It is important for consumers who need prescription pain killers, to get them from licensed pharmacies," said FDLE Orlando Special Agent in Charge Danny Banks.
"Consumers have no idea what they are buying when they purchase prescription drugs on the street and just one pill can be deadly."
Published On:*Apr 05 2016 08:06:20 AM EDT
Updated On:*Apr 05 2016 12:00:46 PM EDT
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