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‘Alarming’ rate of overdoses in Sacramento area

Health and law enforcement officials think counterfeit pain pills are the source of a spike in overdose deaths in the Sacramento, California, area. Forty-two people have been treated for overdoses and 10 have died since March 23, according to the DEA’s San Francisco division.

“The overdoses are occurring at an alarming rate,” the DEA said.

The agency thinks contaminated drugs are responsible. On Tuesday it opened an anonymous tip line. Anyone with information is asked to call 530-722-7577.

Health officials believe the cases are linked to Norco pills sold on the street. Norco is a pain medication containing hydrocodone and acetaminophen. However, lab tests on some of the pills in question found they did not contain hydrocodone or acetaminophen.