North Idaho seeing rise in teen overdoses linked to fentanyl, authorities say

This illustration image shows tablets of opioid painkiller Oxycodon
This illustration image shows tablets of opioid painkiller Oxycodon delivered on medical prescription taken on September 18, 2019 in Washington,DC. - Millions of Americans sank into addiction after using potent opioid painkillers that the companies churned out and doctors freely prescribed over the past two decades. Well over 400,000 people died of opioid overdoses in that period, while the companies involved raked in billions of dollars in profits. And while the flood of prescription opioids into the black market has now been curtailed, addicts are turning to heroin and highly potent fentanyl to compensate, where the risk of overdose and death is even higher. (Photo by Eric BARADAT / AFP) (Photo credit should read ERIC BARADAT/AFP/Getty Images)

COEUR d’ALENE, Idaho — Coeur d’Alene Police and Idaho State Police are reporting a rise in teenage overdoses in North Idaho, which they attribute to counterfeit prescription narcotic pills.

Authorities say roughly one in six of these pills contains a lethal dose of fentanyl, a synthetic narcotic that CDA Police have connected to three deaths in North Idaho since the fall of 2020.

Police are investigating the source of the counterfeit pills, but in the meantime encourage parents to talk to their kids about these narcotics and make sure they steer clear of them.

“These kids are playing Russian Roulette when they try these pills and don’t even know they are holding a loaded gun,” a parent connected to an overdose case was quoted.

Anyone with information on the pills or their source is urged to call the Coeur d’Alene Police Department at (208) 769-2320 or email them at policetips@cdaid.org.