Round white 5 325

Rarely, this product causes potentially severe reactions, mostly if taken at high doses or with some other drugs. If you experience agitation, confusion, diarrhea, fever, tremor and muscular rigidity or contractions you should contact your doctor.

Do not use this medication for longer than necessary. If you have difficulty stopping the medication when the treatment is finished, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

This medication may interact with other medications or supplements, sometimes significantly. Many interactions, however, may be dealt with by a dosage adjustment or a change in medication schedule. Check with your pharmacist before using this medication in combination with any other medications (including non-prescription products), vitamins or natural products.

This medicine contains ACETAMINOPHEN. Taking more than the recommended dose may cause liver damage. Be sure to avoid consuming other ACETAMINOPHEN containing products at the same time. Check all product labels carefully for the presence of ACETAMINOPHEN.

Endocet 5/325

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com on Nov 28, 2018 – Written by Cerner Multum

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What is Endocet 5/325?

Oxycodone is an opioid pain medication, sometimes called a narcotic. Acetaminophen is a less potent pain reliever that increases the effects of oxycodone.

Endocet 5/325 is a combination medicine used to relieve moderate to severe pain.

Endocet 5/325 may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Important Information

MISUSE OF OPIOID MEDICINE CAN CAUSE ADDICTION, OVERDOSE, OR DEATH. Keep the medication in a place where others cannot get to it.

An overdose of acetaminophen can damage your liver or cause death. Call your doctor at once if you have pain in your upper stomach, loss of appetite, dark urine, or jaundice (yellowing of your skin or eyes).

Taking opioid medicine during pregnancy may cause life-threatening withdrawal symptoms in the newborn.

Fatal side effects can occur if you use opioid medicine with alcohol, or with other drugs that cause drowsiness or slow your breathing.

Stop taking Endocet 5/325 and call your doctor right away if you have skin redness or a rash that spreads and causes blistering and peeling.

Before taking this medicine

You should not use this medicine if you are allergic to acetaminophen or oxycodone, or if you have:

  • severe asthma or breathing problems; or

  • a blockage in your stomach or intestines.

Tell your doctor if you have ever had:

  • liver disease;

  • a drug or alcohol addiction;

  • kidney disease;

  • a head injury or seizures;

  • urination problems; or

  • problems with your thyroid, pancreas, or gallbladder.

If you use opioid medicine while you are pregnant, your baby could become dependent on the drug. This can cause life-threatening withdrawal symptoms in the baby after it is born. Babies born dependent on opioids may need medical treatment for several weeks.

Do not breast-feed. This medicine can pass into breast milk and cause drowsiness, breathing problems, or death in a nursing baby.

How should I take Endocet 5/325?

Follow all directions on your prescription label. Never take Endocet 5/325 in larger amounts, or for longer than prescribed. An overdose can damage your liver or cause death. Tell your doctor if the medicine seems to stop working as well in relieving your pain.

Never share this medicine with another person, especially someone with a history of drug abuse or addiction. MISUSE CAN CAUSE ADDICTION, OVERDOSE, OR DEATH. Keep the medicine in a place where others cannot get to it. Selling or giving away Endocet 5/325 is against the law.

Measure liquid medicine carefully. Use the dosing syringe provided, or use a medicine dose-measuring device (not a kitchen spoon).

If you need surgery or medical tests, tell the doctor ahead of time that you are using this medicine.

You should not stop using this medicine suddenly. Follow your doctor’s instructions about tapering your dose.

Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep track of your medicine. You should be aware if anyone is using it improperly or without a prescription.

Do not keep leftover opioid medication. Just one dose can cause death in someone using this medicine accidentally or improperly. Ask your pharmacist where to locate a drug take-back disposal program. If there is no take-back program, flush the unused medicine down the toilet.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Since this medicine is used for pain, you are not likely to miss a dose. Skip any missed dose if it is almost time for your next dose. Do not use two doses at one time.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222. An overdose of Endocet 5/325 can be fatal.

The first signs of an acetaminophen overdose include loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, sweating, and confusion or weakness. Later symptoms may include pain in your upper stomach, dark urine, and yellowing of your skin or the whites of your eyes.

Overdose can also cause severe muscle weakness, pinpoint pupils, very slow breathing, extreme drowsiness, or coma.

What should I avoid while taking acetaminophen and oxycodone?

Avoid driving or operating machinery until you know how Endocet 5/325 will affect you. Dizziness or drowsiness can cause falls, accidents, or severe injuries.

Do not drink alcohol. Dangerous side effects or death could occur.

Ask a doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine that may contain acetaminophen (sometimes abbreviated as APAP). Taking certain medications together can lead to a fatal overdose.

Endocet 5/325 side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Opioid medicine can slow or stop your breathing, and death may occur. A person caring for you should seek emergency medical attention if you have slow breathing with long pauses, blue colored lips, or if you are hard to wake up.

In rare cases, acetaminophen may cause a severe skin reaction that can be fatal. This could occur even if you have taken acetaminophen in the past and had no reaction. Stop taking this medicine and call your doctor right away if you have skin redness or a rash that spreads and causes blistering and peeling.

Call your doctor at once if you have:

  • noisy breathing, sighing, shallow breathing;

  • a light-headed feeling, like you might pass out;

  • weakness, tiredness, fever, unusual bruising or bleeding;

  • confusion, unusual thoughts or behavior;

  • problems with urination;

  • liver problems–nausea, upper stomach pain, tiredness, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes); or

  • low cortisol levels– nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, dizziness, worsening tiredness or weakness.

Seek medical attention right away if you have symptoms of serotonin syndrome, such as: agitation, hallucinations, fever, sweating, shivering, fast heart rate, muscle stiffness, twitching, loss of coordination, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.

Serious side effects may be more likely in older adults and those who are overweight, malnourished, or debilitated.

Long-term use of opioid medication may affect fertility (ability to have children) in men or women. It is not known whether opioid effects on fertility are permanent.

Common side effects include:

  • dizziness, drowsiness, feeling tired;

  • feelings of extreme happiness or sadness;

  • nausea, vomiting, stomach pain;

  • constipation; or

  • headache.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What other drugs will affect Endocet 5/325?

You may have breathing problems or withdrawal symptoms if you start or stop taking certain other medicines. Tell your doctor if you also use an antibiotic, antifungal medication, heart or blood pressure medication, seizure medication, or medicine to treat HIV or hepatitis C.

Opioid medication can interact with many other drugs and cause dangerous side effects or death. Be sure your doctor knows if you also use:

  • cold or allergy medicines, bronchodilator asthma/COPD medication, or a diuretic (“water pill”);

  • medicines for motion sickness, irritable bowel syndrome, or overactive bladder;

  • other narcotic medications–opioid pain medicine or prescription cough medicine;

  • a sedative like Valium–diazepam, alprazolam, lorazepam, Xanax, Klonopin, Versed, and others;

  • drugs that make you sleepy or slow your breathing–a sleeping pill, muscle relaxer, medicine to treat mood disorders or mental illness;

  • drugs that affect serotonin levels in your body–a stimulant, or medicine for depression, Parkinson’s disease, migraine headaches, serious infections, or nausea and vomiting.

This list is not complete. Other drugs may affect Endocet 5/325, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible interactions are listed here.

Further information

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

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ratio-Oxycocet

How does this medication work? What will it do for me?

This combination product contains two medications: oxycodone and acetaminophen. Acetaminophen belongs to the group of medications called analgesics (pain relievers) and antipyretics (fever reducers). Oxycodone belongs to the group of medications called narcotic analgesics. Oxycodone – acetaminophen is used to relieve moderate to moderately severe pain, including conditions associated with fever.

Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.

Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.

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What form(s) does this medication come in?

Each white, round, biconvex tablet, imprinted with “TEC” on one side and single score on the other side, contains oxycodone HCl 5 mg and acetaminophen 325 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: colloidal silicon dioxide, crospovidone, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, povidone, pregelatinized cornstarch, sodium starch glycolate, and stearic acid.

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How should I use this medication?

The dosage varies according to each individual and can be affected by the severity of the pain as well as each person’s response to the medication.

The usual recommended adult dose of full-strength oxycodone – acetaminophen (each tablet contains 5 mg oxycodone and 325 mg acetaminophen) is one tablet every 6 hours as needed for pain. Full-strength oxycodone – acetaminophen is not recommended for people under 18 years of age.

Many things can affect the dose of a medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.

This medication may be habit-forming if taken for long periods of time. Do not stop taking this medication without talking with your doctor. If this medication is stopped suddenly, you may experience withdrawal symptoms such as anxiety, sweating, trouble sleeping, shakiness, nausea, tremors, diarrhea, or hallucinations. If you plan on stopping the medication, your doctor may want you to reduce the dose gradually to reduce the severity of withdrawal effects.

It is important to take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If your doctor has told you to take this medication on a regular basis and you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

Store this medication at room temperature, protect it from light and moisture, and keep it out of the reach of children.

This medication is available under multiple brand names and/or in several different forms. Any specific brand name of this medication may not be available in all of the forms listed here. The forms available for the specific brand you have searched are listed under “What form(s) does this medication come in?”

Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.

Who should NOT take this medication?

Oxycodone – acetaminophen should not be taken by anyone who:

  • is allergic to oxycodone, acetaminophen, or to any of the ingredients of the medication
  • has a seizure disorder
  • has preexisting respiratory depression
  • has status asthmaticus (unresponsive asthma)

What side effects are possible with this medication?

Many medications can cause side effects. A side effect is an unwanted response to a medication when it is taken in normal doses. Side effects can be mild or severe, temporary or permanent. The side effects listed below are not experienced by everyone who takes this medication. If you are concerned about side effects, discuss the risks and benefits of this medication with your doctor.

The following side effects have been reported by at least 1% of people taking this medication. Many of these side effects can be managed, and some may go away on their own over time.

Contact your doctor if you experience these side effects and they are severe or bothersome. Your pharmacist may be able to advise you on managing side effects.

  • constipation
  • dizziness
  • drowsiness
  • itching
  • lightheadedness or feeling faint
  • mood changes
  • nausea
  • vomiting

Although most of the side effects listed below don’t happen very often, they could lead to serious problems if you do not check with your doctor or seek medical attention.

Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur:

  • agitation
  • blurred or double vision or other changes in vision
  • confusion
  • difficulty sleeping
  • dizziness when rising from a lying down or sitting position
  • dry mouth
  • false sense of well-being
  • general feeling of discomfort or illness
  • hallucinations
  • loss of appetite
  • muscle twitching
  • nervousness
  • nightmares or unusual dreams
  • pain in lower back or side
  • redness or flushing of face
  • signs of allergic reaction (e.g., hives, itching, or skin rash)
  • signs of liver problems (e.g., nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, weight loss, yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes, dark urine, pale stools)
  • sore throat and fever
  • symptoms of urinary retention (e.g., decrease in amount of urine, or difficult or painful urination)
  • unusual excitement (especially in children)

Stop taking the medication and seek immediate medical attention if any of the following occur:

  • convulsions (seizures)
  • signs of a serious allergic reaction (e.g., abdominal cramps, difficulty breathing, nausea and vomiting, or swelling of the face and throat)
  • signs of breathing problems (e.g., shallow, irregular breathing, or slow or troubled breathing)
  • symptoms of overdose (e.g., cold, clammy skin, abnormally slow or weak breathing, severe dizziness, confusion, slow heartbeat, or extreme drowsiness)

Some people may experience side effects other than those listed. Check with your doctor if you notice any symptom that worries you while you are taking this medication.

Are there any other precautions or warnings for this medication?

Before you begin using a medication, be sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions or allergies you may have, any medications you are taking, whether you are pregnant or breast-feeding, and any other significant facts about your health. These factors may affect how you should use this medication.

HEALTH CANADA ADVISORY

September 15, 2016

Health Canada has issued new restrictions concerning the use of acetaminophen. To read the full Health Canada Advisory, visit Health Canada’s web site at www.hc-sc.gc.ca.

A previous advisory on acetaminophen was issued on July 9, 2015. To read the full Health Canada Advisory, visit Health Canada’s web site at www.hc-sc.gc.ca.

Abdominal conditions: Oxycodone may make the diagnosis of abdominal conditions more difficult or it may worsen these conditions. People with abdominal conditions such as inflammatory or obstructive bowel disease, acute cholecystitis, or pancreatitis should discuss with their doctor how this medication may affect their medical condition, how their medical condition may affect the dosing and effectiveness of this medication, and whether any special monitoring is needed.

Breathing: Oxycodone can suppress breathing. People at risk for breathing difficulties, such as asthma, should discuss with their doctor how this medication may affect their medical condition, how their medical condition may affect the dosing and effectiveness of this medication, and whether any special monitoring is needed.

Dependence and withdrawal: This medication contains oxycodone. Physical dependence, psychological dependence, and abuse have occurred with the use of oxycodone. People with a history of past or current substance use problems may be at greater risk of developing abuse or addiction while taking this medication. Abuse is not a problem with people who require this medication for pain relief. If this medication is stopped suddenly, you may experience withdrawal symptoms such as anxiety, sweating, trouble sleeping, shaking, pain, nausea, tremors, diarrhea, and hallucinations. If you have been taking this medication for a while, it should be stopped gradually as directed by your doctor.

Drowsiness/reduced alertness: This medication may cause drowsiness. Do not drive, operate machinery, or perform other potentially hazardous tasks until you have determined how this medication affects you.

Head injury: People with head injuries or increased pressure in the head may have a higher risk of experiencing side effects (breathing problems) or worsening of their condition while taking this medication. These people should discuss with their doctor how this medication may affect their medical condition, how their medical condition may affect the dosing and effectiveness of this medication, and whether any special monitoring is needed.

Kidney function: People with kidney disease or reduced kidney function should discuss with their doctor how this medication may affect their medical condition, how their medical condition may affect the dosing and effectiveness of this medication, and whether any special monitoring is needed.

Liver function: Acetaminophen can cause decreased liver function. People with liver disease or reduced liver function should discuss with their doctor how this medication may affect their medical condition, how their medical condition may affect the dosing and effectiveness of this medication, and whether any special monitoring is needed.

Other medical conditions: People about to undergo surgery of the biliary tract should use caution while taking oxycodone as it may worsen their condition. Oxycodone will worsen the effects of acute alcohol intoxication and delirium tremens.

As well, people with low thyroid (hypothyroidism), Addison’s disease, benign prostatic hypertrophy (enlarged prostate), urethral stricture, decreased function of the adrenal glands, or porphyria should discuss with their doctor how this medication may affect their medical condition, how their medical condition may affect the dosing and effectiveness of this medication, and whether any special monitoring is needed.

Seizures: This medication may cause seizures, especially when higher doses are used or when taken with other medications that may increase the risk of seizures such as:

The risk of seizures is also higher for people with epilepsy, a history of seizures, or who are at risk of seizures (e.g., people with head trauma).

Pregnancy: This medication should not be used during pregnancy unless the benefits outweigh the risks. If you become pregnant while taking this medication, contact your doctor immediately.

Breast-feeding: This medication passes into breast milk. If you are a breast-feeding mother and are taking oxycodone and acetaminophen, it may affect your baby. Talk to your doctor about whether you should continue breast-feeding.

Children: The safety and effectiveness of using full-strength oxycodone – acetaminophen have not been established for children. (In the case of Percocet® Demi, the safety and effectiveness have not been established for children under 6 years old.)

Seniors: Seniors who take this medication may be more likely to experience side effects or worsening of preexisting medical conditions.

What other drugs could interact with this medication?

There may be an interaction between oxycodone – acetaminophen and any of the following:

  • alcohol
  • anesthetics
  • antihistamines (e.g., cetirizine, dimenhydrinate, diphenhydramine, hydroxyzine)
  • antipsychotics (e.g., haloperidol, quetiapine, olanzapine, risperidone)
  • “azole” antifungal medications (e.g., fluconazole, itraconazole, ketoconazole)
  • baclofen
  • barbiturates (e.g., butalbital, phenobarbital, secobarbital)
  • benzodiazepines (e.g., alprazolam, diazepam, lorazepam)
  • bosentan
  • bupropion
  • buspirone
  • butorphanol
  • carbamazepine
  • chloral hydrate
  • cholestyramine
  • dasatanib
  • dexamethasone
  • dextroamphetamine
  • imatinib
  • isoniazid
  • lamotrigine
  • macrolide antibiotics (e.g., clarithromycin, erythromycin, telithromycin)
  • methocarbamol
  • monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs; e.g., tranylcypromine, phenelzine, moclobemide)
  • other narcotic analgesics (e.g., codeine, morphine)
  • pentazocine
  • phenothiazines (e.g., perphenazine, thioridazine)
  • phenytoin
  • primidone
  • protease inhibitors (e.g., daraunavir, indinavir, lopinavir, ritonavir saquinavir,)
  • quinidine
  • rifabutin
  • rifampin
  • selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs; e.g., citalopram, fluoxetine, sertraline)
  • St. John’s wort
  • thiazide diuretics (e.g., hydrochlorothiazide, indapamide)
  • tricyclic antidepressants (e.g., amitriptyline, desipramine, imipramine)
  • warfarin

If you are taking any of these medications, speak with your doctor or pharmacist. Depending on your specific circumstances, your doctor may want you to:

  • stop taking one of the medications,
  • change one of the medications to another,
  • change how you are taking one or both of the medications, or
  • leave everything as is.

An interaction between two medications does not always mean that you must stop taking one of them. Speak to your doctor about how any drug interactions are being managed or should be managed.

Medications other than those listed above may interact with this medication. Tell your doctor or prescriber about all prescription, over-the-counter (non-prescription), and herbal medications you are taking. Also tell them about any supplements you take. Since caffeine, alcohol, the nicotine from cigarettes, or street drugs can affect the action of many medications, you should let your prescriber know if you use them.

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Tylenol-Codeine

Brand Names: Tylenol with Codeine, Tylenol with Codeine #2, Tylenol with Codeine #3, Tylenol with Codeine #4

Generic Name: acetaminophen and codeine

  • What is acetaminophen and codeine?
  • What are the possible side effects of acetaminophen and codeine?
  • What is the most important information I should know about acetaminophen and codeine?
  • What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking acetaminophen and codeine?
  • How should I take acetaminophen and codeine?
  • What happens if I miss a dose?
  • What happens if I overdose?
  • What should I avoid while taking acetaminophen and codeine?
  • What other drugs will affect acetaminophen and codeine?
  • Where can I get more information?

What is acetaminophen and codeine?

Codeine is an opioid pain medication. Acetaminophen is a less potent pain reliever that increases the effects of codeine.

Acetaminophen and codeine is a combination medicine used to relieve moderate to severe pain.

Acetaminophen and codeine may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What are the possible side effects of acetaminophen and codeine?

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Opioid medicine can slow or stop your breathing, and death may occur. A person caring for you should seek emergency medical attention if you have slow breathing with long pauses, blue colored lips, or if you are hard to wake up.

In rare cases, acetaminophen may cause a severe skin reaction that can be fatal. This could occur even if you have taken acetaminophen in the past and had no reaction. Stop taking this medicine and call your doctor right away if you have skin redness or a rash that spreads and causes blistering and peeling.

Call your doctor at once if you have:

  • noisy breathing, sighing, shallow breathing;
  • a light-headed feeling, like you might pass out;
  • confusion, severe drowsiness; or
  • liver problems–nausea, upper stomach pain, itching, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes).

Seek medical attention right away if you have symptoms of serotonin syndrome, such as: agitation, hallucinations, fever, sweating, shivering, fast heart rate, muscle stiffness, twitching, loss of coordination, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.

Serious side effects may be more likely in older adults and those who are overweight, malnourished, or debilitated.

Long-term use of opioid medication may affect fertility (ability to have children) in men or women. It is not known whether opioid effects on fertility are permanent.

Common side effects include:

  • drowsiness, dizziness, feeling tired;
  • nausea, vomiting, stomach pain;
  • constipation; or
  • headache.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is the most important information I should know about acetaminophen and codeine?

MISUSE OF OPIOID MEDICINE CAN CAUSE ADDICTION, OVERDOSE, OR DEATH. Keep the medication in a place where others cannot get to it.

Do not give this medicine to anyone younger than 12 years old, or anyone under 18 who recently had surgery to remove the tonsils or adenoids.

An overdose of acetaminophen can damage your liver or cause death. Call your doctor at once if you have pain in your upper stomach, loss of appetite, dark urine, or jaundice (yellowing of your skin or eyes).

Fatal side effects can occur if you use opioid medicine with alcohol, or with other drugs that cause drowsiness or slow your breathing.

Stop taking this medicine and call your doctor right away if you have skin redness or a rash that spreads and causes blistering and peeling.

Courtesy of the Ottawa Police Service

Police in Ottawa made a disturbing discovery when conducting a drug bust, CBC Canada is reporting. In addition to finding a typical array of cash, drugs and guns, Ottawa police found a quantity of an “unknown powder” that has yet to be analyzed, and a counterfeit pill press capable of producing 20,000 counterfeit pills an hour.

Canada has a serious and deadly problem with counterfeit pills that have been made with fentanyl, a synthetic opioid pain reliever that is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine, instead of legitimate ingredients:

  • In May, CBC News reported that a pair of British Columbia middle-schoolers had died of fentanyl poisoning after taking counterfeit pills.
  • In March, Ottawa investigators confirmed that 14 year-old Chloe Kotval had died as the result of taking a counterfeit Percocet pill that instead contained a lethal dose of fentanyl. Earlier that month, according to CBC News, the Ottawa police and public health authorities put out a public health warning about counterfeit Percocet containing fentanyl. Unfortunately the warning did not come soon enough for Chloe.
  • Counterfeit Percocet made instead with fentanyl has also been found in Newfoundland & Labrador, where local police told CBC News that the pills were “round and white, with TEC stamped in the front. Police said they are very similar to authentic medically-prescribed Percocet tablets.” CTV News reports that there were two deaths and 14 overdoses in the region due to these fake pills.
  • Radio Canada International has reported that counterfeit pills laced with fentanyl have even reached Prince Edward Island. Police there report seizures of three types of fentanyl-laced pills: “a green pill that looks like Oxycontin, a blue pill with Percocet 5 stamped on it, and pills that look like Xanax in white, yellow or green.”
  • The Star is reporting that 25% of all organs transplanted in British Columbia this year have come from people who had been poisoned by fentanyl.

Sgt. Steve Knight of the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit warned CBC News that fentanyl-laced counterfeits are a serious health threat in Canada, and that people may not know what they are taking: “Fentanyl’s been used to counterfeit percocet, oxycontin. When they come in they look exactly like the pill, the actual medication that’s been prescribed by a physician.”

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