Police seized nearly 15,000 counterfeit pills containing fentanyl from a home in Kansas City, Kansas, last week, police said Tuesday.
The Kansas City, Kansas Police Department on June 1 served an arrest warrant at a home where they found about 6,000 counterfeit fentanyl prescription pills and eight firearms and other drugs, department spokeswoman Nancy Chartrand said.
The next day, officers found another 9,000 pills, cocaine, marijuana and two other firearms in vehicles at the property, police said.
“Because only one pill can kill, 15,000 pills off the street will definitely save lives,” Chartrand said. “But there is still a lot to do.”
The counterfeit pills look like drugs from a pharmacy, but contain potentially lethal amounts of fentanyl, which has opiate properties. Police described the drug as 50 times stronger than heroin and 100 times stronger than morphine.
Many people take the drugs without knowing they contain fentanyl, police said. Overdose can occur in seconds or minutes, and the only way to prevent death is to administer naloxone, also known by the brand name Narcan, quickly.
According to police, there have been 61 overdoses and 11 overdose deaths in Kansas City, Kansas so far this year.
Police encouraged the public to call 911 immediately if anyone shows overdose symptoms after taking or snorting a drug.
Anyone with information regarding the sale of fentanyl or illegal drugs can anonymously call the KCKPD Narcotics Hotline at 913-573-6287.