When it comes to substance abuse, it’s best to be aware of emerging drugs that are considered especially dangerous and lethal. With the new year comes a new slew of medications and drugs that everyone should be aware of, not just individuals receiving counseling for substance abuse. The right information could go a long way in saving a person’s life.
Street Drugs Masquerading as Pain Medication in Georgia
A street drug sold as Percocet has been identified in Georgia that has sent dozens of individuals to the hospital. What makes the fentanyl analogues such dangerous drugs is that there have been reports that naloxone might not be able to counteract their effects. While reports of the analogues were originally filed in Georgia, there have been signs of the street drug cropping up in other states. Anyone who thinks they might have taken a counterfeit Percocet should contact emergency medical services immediately.
Counterfeit Oxycodone in Iowa
In Iowa, it was discovered that fake oxycodone pills were laced with synthetic opioids. What makes the artificial opioids so dangerous is that anyone who takes them puts him or herself at a higher risk of an overdose. Anyone taking them for any reason, be it recreational or for pain management, should reach out to medical services for information about opioid reversal procedures as well as more details about steps and further precautions to take.
Cocaine Laced With Fentanyl in New York
Anyone who uses cocaine in New York should be made aware of reports that the presence of fentanyl in the drug has contributed to a number of deadly overdoses. In past years, fentanyl was added to heroin, but it’s recently cropped up in other drugs and has led to an uptick in overdose deaths. This knowledge is especially noteworthy for those who only use cocaine recreationally, as they likely aren’t used to the effects of either cocaine or fentanyl. Since they may not realize something is wrong, they can be at an even higher risk of overdosing. Additional drugs, such as meth and ketamine, and sedatives like Xanax were also found to have fentanyl in them.
“Pink” Classified as a Schedule I Drug
An artificial opioid known as Pink has now been classified as a schedule I drug. This means that it holds no medical value and is easily abused by users. Pink has led to multiple deaths in North Carolina as well as New York. Something else worth pointing out besides the high potential for drug abuse is that Pink has been sold as a pharmaceutical opioid, such as oxycodone. The pink-colored synthetic has a reputation for being dangerous in small doses, and can be purchased online.
Synthetic Opioids in the Gulf Coast
A synthetic opioid that looks like concrete mixing powder and varies in texture from powder to solid has been found in the Gulf Coast with the street name “Grey Death.” The opioid is a blend of substances and is reported as being stronger than heroin.
Anyone with a history of substance abuse should be fully aware of dangerous drugs. If you’re seeking treatment in the new year or know of someone who might, reach out to us here at High Focus Centers.