Prince William Co. police warn of counterfeit drugs laced with fentanyl

Police in Prince William County, Virginia, warned residents Wednesday about counterfeit drugs after two teens died within 48 hours.

In a statement, police said the deaths “appear to be connected to counterfeit forms of the drug Percocet, sometimes referred to as ‘Perc30.'” The drugs were found to be laced with fentanyl after lab tests.

“While the investigations into the two recent deaths are ongoing, investigators have strong suspicions the victims overdosed after having consumed the fentanyl-laced narcotic,” police said, adding that toxicology results are pending.

The origins of the drugs are still being investigated.

Police said they recognize that younger residents are “most susceptible to peer influence and pressures.”

“We implore parents and guardians to take immediate action to actively engage with their children and loved ones as soon as possible about the dangers of drug use and encourage constructive dialogue to prevent further deaths and illness,” they said.

“If suspected illegal narcotics are found, they should not be handled, call police.”

Police also advise calling 911 immediately if you suspect someone of overdosing, so that Narcan can be administered.

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Will Vitka

William Vitka is a Digital Editor and reporter for He's been in the news industry for over a decade. Before joining WTOP, he worked for CBS News, Stuff Magazine, The New York Post and wrote a variety of books—about a dozen of them, with more to come.

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