WBZ-TV's Bill Shields reports.
- Now at 5:30, a warning about a dangerous drug popping up across New England.
- Officials say pills that look like prescription drug Adderall may in fact be meth. WBZ's Bill Shields spoke with the DEA.
BILL SHIELDS (VOICEOVER): Adderall and Ritalin are commonly prescribed to treat young people suffering from ADHD. See these pills? They look exactly like 30 milligram doses of Adderall, but they're counterfeit. It's pure methamphetamine made by Mexican drug cartels.
TIM DESMOND: The Mexican drug cartels have made a business decision to manufacture pills like Adderall, Ritalin, made with purely methamphetamine, and it's in an attempt to corner and addict a younger market.
BILL SHIELDS (VOICEOVER): These pills have started showing up in New England, and meth is highly addictive and damaging to the body. And now the meth pills that look like Adderall are on the streets, courtesy of the Mexican drug cartels.
TIM DESMOND: They make this methamphetamine in super labs in Mexico clandestinely by the tonnage, and then from there, they are using pill presses and dyes and counterfeiting the-- making methamphetamine tablets to counterfeit Adderall and Ritalin.
BILL SHIELDS: The drug cartels have done this before with opiates and fentanyl. Now they're going after drugs that are commonly used to treat kids. The DEA just want parents to be aware. I'm Bill Shields, WBZ New.