Learn About the Dangerous Counterfeit Xanax Pills Containing Fentanyl Flooding US Streets
There’s a new drug in town that is making killing users on initial contact. It has already taken the lives of nine people in Florida in 2016, when they overdosed on the drug. Counterfeit Xanax pills containing Fentanyl are still being peddled on the street, and with Florida’s Spring Break in full swing, young people are being warned not to buy this drug from street dealers. This fake Xanax is called the “super pill” and it contains a lethal dose of the painkiller Fentanyl. Super pill is actually Fentanyl disguised as Xanax, and it is fifty times more potent than heroin and one hundred times stronger than morphine. It’s “super” alright – super deadly!
A National Problem
Law enforcement officials in Florida are warning residents to be aware of this dangerous drug that is being sold for as little as $5.00 a pill. Just one pill is strong enough to kill you, and that is just what happened to some of the drug’s victims. Law enforcement investigators are trying to find the people who are making these deadly drugs laced with Fentanyl, but no arrests have been made so far.
Officials in San Francisco are having their problems with fake Xanax too. They have witnessed one death due to the drug and multiple hospital emergency room visits from people who were experiencing dangerous complications after taking the drug. Some people experienced heart attacks, heart failure, or dangerous depression of the respiratory or central nervous system. One victim was an infant who found a super pill on the floor in his home and swallowed it. Other cities across the nation are also experiencing distressing situations caused by counterfeit Xanax.
Users and Makers
Many of the people who are using deadly drugs laced with Fentanyl were originally abusing prescription medications. When they could no longer obtain prescriptions for those medications they turned to the illegal drug market. The prescription drug abuse epidemic in the U.S. is spilling over into the illegal drug market, and prompting many new “entrepreneurs” to go into the illegal drug trade.
The people who are making fentanyl disguised as Xanax are doing a very good job of it. The fake pills look almost identical to the real prescription medication because the makers are using a pill press with the name Xanax embossed on it. The fake pill is thinner than the real one and it has a number stamped on the back of it, but anyone who isn’t closely familiar with the real pill, like a pharmacist, probably won’t know the difference. It is very frightening to think that prescription medications that are used to help people are being copied into bootleg drugs that are going to hurt people, and possibly kill them.
The new super pill comes at a high price, and anyone who takes prescription Xanax must make sure they never take the drug from anyone but a pharmacist. Prescription Xanax is a benzodiazepine drug that is used to treat anxiety and panic disorders, and delivers a calming effect to the user within one hour. Xanax is the top benzodiazepine drug prescribed in the U.S. with about 50 million prescriptions written annually. It is also one of the most abused and addictive drugs also. Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic pain killer and is stronger than heroin and morphine. Mixing Fentanyl with Xanax is a deadly mix and authorities are calling the super pill the “death pill” for good reason. Some of the dangerous fake Xanax side effects are:
- An accelerated depression of the respiratory system
- Confusion, drowsiness, difficulty concentrating, blackouts
- Hallucinations, delusions, paranoia
- Cardiac arrest, strokes, heart failure
- Involuntary movements, loss of control over body
- Loss of consciousness, seizures, coma, death
You should never take any deadly drugs laced with Fentanyl, including counterfeit Xanax pills containing Fentanyl. You may not live to regret it if you do. If you are abusing or addicted to prescription Xanax or Fentanyl you should seek immediate drug addiction recovery treatment at a drug rehab center. Get clean before you think of turning to the illegal market for drugs and put your life at risk.
If you or a loved one needs help with abuse and/or treatment, please call the White Sands Tampa at (877) 640-7820. Our addiction specialists can assess your recovery needs and help you get the addiction treatment that provides the best chance for your long-term recovery.