BELLE CHASSE, La. (WGNO/WNCN) — The Drug Enforcement Agency is warning residents about the influx of counterfeit pain pills.
The New Orleans area has suffered several overdose deaths as of late, including that of a Belle Chasse High School student last week.
According to the DEA, these potentially deadly imitations are manufactured predominantly in Mexico to look like the real thing.
One of the most lethal knock-offs are fake oxycodone pills, which the DEA says can kill. The agency claimed more than a quarter of the pills tested contained a deadly dose of fentanyl.
Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office said the fentanyl contained in the fake pain pills is becoming a major public safety hazard.
The Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested 22-year-old Franklin Senfles, who deputies say sold pills that killed Belle Chasse High School senior, Hailey Deickman.
Hailey’s mother said the incident was an accidental overdose. Allison Lancaster Deickman said her 18-year-old daughter was set to graduate Tuesday.
“Hailey was not a drug addict, but a straight-A student, graduating high school with honors tomorrow night, and planning to go to college in the fall,” Allison Deickman told WNCN.
Senfles is charged with second-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder.