Chivis Martinez TY GUS Source
CLEVELAND (WJW) — The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is warning Northeast Ohioans about illegal methamphetamine pills being distributed on our streets.
The distribution and use of methamphetamine (meth) is on the rise across the nation, a DEA source told FOX 8 Monday. Mexican drug trafficking organizations have become the primary manufacturers and distributors of meth in the US.
Those organizations make the drugs in Mexico and then bring them into the US and they are distributed across the country, including in Northeast Ohio.
However, the meth industry has been evolving. In addition to distributing the drug in powder or crystal form, the DEA has now seen an increase of meth pills being sold in Northeast Ohio.
Officials believe this is in part because meth is easier to mail and get across the US-Mexico border when in pill form.
The pills are small, colorful and often resemble candy.
The DEA says citizens, especially parents as these pills can look appealing to children, need to be alert. They should check all candy and pills before consumption.
Ohioans should look for stamped pharmaceutical codes on all pills. However, the DEA warns that code markings may not be enough to identify counterfeit pills as “makers have gotten more sophisticated,” adding that it can be hard to distinguish between a pharmaceutical and a homemade pill with the naked eye.
The DEA says the biggest clue for identifying illegal drugs is the packaging. Pharmaceutical companies have certain labeling and packaging requirements they must apply to every bottle, vial or other consumer container intended to hold drugs. Meth pills will most likely not be found in that type of packaging.