Three deaths now may be tied to counterfeit Xanax in San Francisco


SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — The San Francisco Medical Examiner confirmed it is now looking into three deaths that may be tied to the counterfeit Xanax.

This is an increase from Friday when there was one reported counterfeit Xanax-related death.

The medical examiner said it is also reviewing other deaths within the last two weeks to see if they may also be linked to this case.

The San Francisco Department of Public Health is warning people not to purchase “Xanax” on the street, as there are counterfeit pills circulating that contain fentanyl, an extremely potent, short-acting opioid that can cause overdose and death.

From October 15 to 17, 2015, three individuals between the ages 20 to 40 years were hospitalized after ingesting a pill inscribed and sold as “XANAX,” purchased on the street. All three of those patients suffered complications of opioid overdose, including sedation, weakness in extremities, muscle breakdown that can lead to kidney damage, and fluid in lungs.

The source of the pills is unknown.

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