KANSAS CITY, Kan. (KAKE) - The KCKPD found a large amount counterfeit prescription pills over the weekend that could have lethal doses of fentanyl.

The Kansas City, Kansas Police Department Narcotics Unit said that over 10,000 fake prescription pills laced with fentanyl were found during a routine sweep at a local shipping distribution center. Police said they would have a street value of over $100,000.

Authorities are working to save lives by implementing these screens to stop the flow of this drug into Kansas City.

"The KCKPD wants dealers and suppliers to know that Kansas City, Kansas is not the place to be doing business," Captain John Diaz of the KCKPD Narcotics Unit said. "We are conducting routine sweeps with the assistance of drug-sniffing k-9s in a variety of facilities, including those that process packages. Last year, as part of the Violent Crimes Task Force we seized about 150,000 pills and expect to seize even more in 2023."

Fentanyl is 100 times stronger than morphine and if ingested, can cause an overdose in a matter of seconds. In 2022, 40 people in Kansas City, Kansas died of drug overdose, almost double the amount of deaths in 2021.

If you are with someone showing signs of an overdose such as shallow breathing, not breathing at all or they become unresponsive after taking drugs, call 911 immediately.