Nassau County Executive Bruce Blakeman and Commissioner of Police Patrick Ryder report an unusual increase in both fatal and non-fatal overdoses from January 13th to January 18th, 2023. This could be attributed to counterfeit pills/opioids laced with fentanyl.If anyone is using non-prescribed drugs, they need to use extreme caution. Please be aware that some illegal homemade pills can be repressed/altered/counterfeited to appear like the original and may contain Fentanyl.Residents are reminded to only take medication that is prescribed by a doctor and controlled by a licensed pharmacist. All medication should be kept out of the reach of children and should always be safeguarded. If you are in possession of any controlled substance that is either expired or in need of disposal, the medication can be brought to any Nassau County Police Precinct 24/7 to be properly and safely disposed of.Residents in need of treatment, information and referrals for addiction can contact the Nassau County 24/7 HELPline at (516) 277-TALK (8255).