According to a CDC report, fake medications are responsible for an increasing number of overdose fatalities in the US.

Between the second half of 2019 and the end of 2021, the number of overdose fatalities that included evidence of the usage of counterfeit pills increased by more than twice as much. According to the latest data, around 5% of those who died from a drug overdose in the last few months of 2021 had signs of using fake pills. The CDC researchers discovered that illegally produced fentanyl was responsible for virtually all overdose fatalities where there was evidence of the use of fake tablets, including more than two out of every five deaths when it was the only factor. …