An important warning from the City of Portland on Tuesday.

The Portland Police are investigating a fatal overdose that may be connected to counterfeit pain pills.

Police responded to a call in which a woman was said to have taken a "blue pill." That blue pill might have been a fake. Possibly laced with fentanyl, it could have caused the overdose.

From the Portland Police Department:

"In the past month, investigators have seen an increase in what appear to be prescription medications, but are actually counterfeit drugs containing fentanyl. Blue pills were recently found by investigators that looked like 30 milligram Oxycodone tablets that also tested positive for fentanyl. Health experts are concerned because those using pills typically would not carry an anti-opioid antidote like naloxone (Narcan)."

Anonymous phone tips can be left on the Portland Police Department’s Crime Tip line: 207-874-8584.
Mobile phone users can text the keyword “PPDME” plus their message to 847411 (TIP411).

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