Counterfeit prescription pills loaded with fentanyl a growing menace in overdose crisis
Janell Donegan, who lost her daughter Alissa Saunders to a drug overdose in March, rallies with other moms pushing for aggressive drug-induced homicide prosecutions on Oct. 23, 2021, in New Lenox, Illinois. - John Konstantaras/Chicago Tribune/TNS

CHICAGO — It’s hard to be sure what Alissa Saunders thought she was taking the night she died of a drug overdose — a ground-up Percocet, maybe, or a pulverized bar of Xanax. One thing seems clear enough, though: She didn’t know it was fentanyl. Saunders, a 22-year-old certified nursing assistant who loved to camp, fish and hang out with her family, was found unresponsive last March in the New Lenox townhouse she shared with a roommate, a straw flecked with powdered residue on the nightstand beside her. Detectives investigating her death found text messages and a Snapchat video suggesting a fri...