Three men in their 20s apparently took counterfeit oxycodone pills and overdosed in Mankato early Thursday, according to the Blue Earth County Sheriff's Office. One of the men died.
First responders were called to an apartment on Monks Avenue around 2 a.m. Thursday where they found the men.
Marcus Kory Krogh, 23, of Mankato, was pronounced dead at the scene. His final cause of death is pending an autopsy and toxicology report from the Ramsey County Medical Examiner.
The other two victims were taken to the hospital, where one man was admitted to the intensive care unit. His condition is not known. The other man was treated and released.
The Minnesota River Valley Drug Task Force was called to the scene and determined the pills responsible for the overdoses were counterfeit oxycodone.
Oftentimes, counterfeit oxycodone contains deadly amounts of fentanyl. They've been responsible for "numerous" overdose deaths and injuries in Minnesota and across the country, the sheriff's office said.
The agency is pleading with the public not to take any "prescription" medication that wasn't dispensed by a pharmacy, noting the pills made to look like an actual prescription drug to increase their value.
The federal Drug Enforcement Administration has warned about counterfeit pills in recent months and years.
“Counterfeit pills that contain fentanyl and fentanyl-laced heroin are responsible for thousands of opioid-related deaths in the United States each year," DEA Acting Administrator Uttam Dhillon said in a November 2019 news release.