Most Searched Questions: Counterfeit Pills


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If you’re like most people, you probably turn to the internet for answers to a lot of questions.  

While search engines are very useful, there is a lot of incorrect info about drugs online. 

If you’re looking for accurate information about counterfeit pills, we’ve pulled together some of the internet’s most searched questions about them and answered below. 


What are fake or counterfeit drugs?  

Counterfeit pills are fake medications that have different ingredients than the actual medication. They could have a little bit of the real ingredients, or none at all. Users won’t be able to tell if a pill is real or fake by just looking at it. And, unfortunately, many counterfeit pills contain deadly amounts of fentanyl or methamphetamine. (Source: Just Think Twice

How can you tell if drugs are fake? 

A lot of counterfeit pills are made to appear legitimate. So, there really isn’t a clear way to tell if a pill is fake just by looking at it.  

What does ‘laced’ mean? 

When you hear someone say a something is “laced,” they mean that a substance was added to it that was not originally there. Examples: Many counterfeit pills are laced with fentanyl. Some snacks are laced with THC (marijuana) oil. 

What can fake drugs do? 

Since counterfeit drugs are unregulated and made illegally, they can actually be deadly. Just a tiny bit of fentanyl can lead to an overdose, and counterfeit pills often have varying amounts. 

What does Oxycontin look like?  

Check out the images of legitimate Oxycodone and the counterfeit Oxycodone. The authentic oxycodone M30 tablets are on the top, the counterfeit oxycodone M30 tablets containing fentanyl are on the bottom. Hard to tell the difference, right? Is it worth the risk?

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