9 dead in Sacramento area after taking counterfeit drug

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KGO) -- Federal authorities issued a public safety alert on Saturday now that nine people in the Sacramento area have died from a counterfeit drug since March 24.

Investigators say it appears people are trying to buy Norco tablets on the street, which is a mild painkiller, but instead the tablets are packed with Fentanyl.

It's also a painkiller but it's 80 times more potent than morphine.

The DEA is trying to track down the source.
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