Have you seen the fake oxycodone 30mg pictures?
Also known on the streets as roxies, oxycodone 30s are the blue pills that many people addicted to opioids seek. The prescription drug is available in several generic brands.
There is a white pill, a light blue pill, and there is the most prized one, the dark blue pill with the letter “M” on it. The active ingredient is oxycodone. Drug users crush the small tablets in order to snort or inject the powder.
Unfortunately, there has been a trend in the past few years of street drug dealers selling counterfeit prescription pills. One reason drug users seek out prescription drugs, such as the oxycodone 30 pills, is that they are pharmaceutical grade.
A discriminating opioid user would rather buy percocets or oxycodone for sale on the streets. They avoid heroin and fentanyl because it is of unknown potency and purity. No one ever knows exactly what they are getting with illicit fentanyl or heroin.
Yet, drug trafficking has been taken to a new level. Fake prescription pills in a pill bottle are most likely what the opioid addict is getting now.
Can you tell a real vs fake Xanax?
For a while, law enforcement and drug users were confident that the only counterfeit pharmaceuticals they had to worry about were the little, dark blue oxycodone m 30, the little pill with the “M” on it. Unfortunately, fake oxycodone pills are not the only counterfeit goods being manufactured.
Fake pills now include the popular ADHD and weight loss diet pill, Adderall. The potent sedative, alprazolam, or Xanax, is being faked. In fact, there is even fake Suboxone pills and fake Suboxone films being sold by dealers.
Law enforcement experts expect to see other counterfeit drugs in the near future. There is the possibility of fake methadone pills, and even fake ZubSolv. ZubSolv, a Suboxone alternative, has been relatively immune from street dealing until now, but it has gained street awareness in recent years.
Since the process of making fake drugs such as counterfeit oxycodone pills and others has become easier, no one can be completely certain that any pill bought on the street is real. Yet, there is one thing in common with each counterfeit pill being sold.
The synthetic opioid, fentanyl, is almost always the ingredient. Therefore, we must assume that any prescription pills bought on the streets are most likely to be fentanyl pills.
Anyone who thinks they just bought a real percocet from their dealer should think twice. Even if the dealer insists the pills came from their own prescription or from their grandmother, the green percocet they are selling is very likely a fake percocet.
What does fentanyl look like?
For people hoping to identify fentanyl on the streets, once known as the china white drug, they have some difficulty. Fentanyl is available on the streets as a nondescript white, or off-white, powder.
It will almost always be cut with another substance, because fentanyl is so potent, dosages are measured in micrograms. Fentanyl is the strongest opioid in common use in the medical field.
Yet, the fentanyl for sale on the streets is not necessarily pharmaceutical fentanyl. When you buy fake pills containing illicit fentanyl, the drug dealer did not rob a hospital pharmacy, so they could press fake roxys in the back room.
More likely, the fentanyl is a synthetic fentanyl analog, manufactured in China, Mexico, or somewhere else around the world where clandestine labs produce illegal drugs. Fentanyl analogs on the streets are different from real fentanyl.
If you are wondering how fentanyl is made, it contains no natural ingredients whatsoever. The deadly substances being shipped in from China and Mexico are fully synthetic, manufactured in a chemistry lab.
The dangers of fentanyl are real.
Recently, some people have begun to doubt some reports on the potency and dangers of street fentanyl. While there is no doubt that the drug is causing many drug overdose deaths, people doubt stories about law enforcement officers overdosing just by coming in physical contact with the drug.
While briefly handling fentanyl at a crime scene is unlikely to cause a sudden fatal overdose, members of the sheriff’s office or local police department must still be very careful. Illicit fentanyl is one of the more dangerous controlled substances.
When a young person overdoses on fentanyl, possibly after smoking pills or snorting pills that they thought were real, rescue personal will attempt to revive them with naloxone.
Naloxone is an opioid receptor blocker that is capable of reversing an opioid overdose. It is available as Narcan nasal spray in many states without a prescription.
Unfortunately, Narcan nasal spray has not been successful at reversing many fentanyl overdoses. The dangers of fentanyl include super high potency, sometimes making it Narcan-resistant.
High potency pills containing fentanyl have a drug potency that is beyond what emergency rescue personal are used to dealing with. Heroin overdoses are relatively easy to treat compared to overdoses on high potency fentanyl pills.
What are some common fentanyl withdrawal symptoms?
If you buy fake pills that contain fentanyl, and you stop taking them suddenly, then you are going to go through fentanyl withdrawal. Fentanyl withdrawal is similar to opioid withdrawal in general.
Symptoms include a runny nose, cold chills, aches, cramps, depression, anxiety, and generally feeling very bad. Additionally, illicit fentanyl lingers in the body longer than many short acting opioids.
If you go to a Suboxone doctor, they may have difficulty inducing you. Induction is the first stage of Suboxone treatment where you stop taking opioids, wait for opiate withdrawal symptoms to start, and then take your first Suboxone tablet or film.
With street fentanyl, even if you wait for a longer period of time, you may experience precipitated withdrawal. The solution has been, in many cases, to start with lower dosages of Suboxone and also use additional medications to treat opioid withdrawal.
Fentanyl patch withdrawal is not as bad as street fentanyl withdrawal, because the pharmaceutical fentanyl, found in the Duragesic patch, is very short-acting. While the fentanyl patch high can be very deadly, it is somewhat easier to detox a person off of FDA-approved fentanyl.
Is there any way to spot fake pain pills or other fake pressed pills?
While pills bought on the streets and on the dark web look just like the real thing, there are ways to discover if they are fakes. One way to check is to use a drug test that can detect fentanyl.
It may also be helpful to test for the drug that the pill appears to be. For example, if the pill is sold as an oxy 30, then perform both a fentanyl and oxycodone test.
Why test for both? If the fentanyl test is negative, it is possible that the pill contains a fentanyl analog or some other exotic designer opioid-like drug that will not show up on a standard fentanyl test.
So, why not just test for oxycodone? While unlikely, it is also possible that a fake pill contains traces of oxycodone mixed with toxic amounts of fentanyl.
As you can imagine, testing your drugs to see if they are fake pills is not a 100% reliable process, but it may help to prevent a tragic overdose. If a pill tests positive for fentanyl, you should discard it and any pills that were bought together in the same batch.
Recommending that drug users test their drugs is a form of harm reduction. While there are people who feel that drug users do not deserve to be protected from the dangers of street drugs and street life, we should do what we can to keep them safe.
Why is it important to provide harm reduction to people who abuse opioids?
First, people who are addicted to opioids deserve our help. Addiction is a difficult condition to overcome. It is especially difficult when the addiction involves opioids or opiates.
There are stages that a person goes through in their readiness to work on recovering from an addiction. The very first stage is when the person is not at all ready to give up drug use.
During the initial stages of offering help to someone addicted to opioids, it is the right thing to do, providing harm reduction whenever possible. In some countries, there are supervised consumption sites where they provide services to protect opioid users from infection and overdose.
Making naloxone, in the form of Narcan spray and Narcan injection, is also a form of harm reduction. Now, we are starting to see buildings providing Narcan on the wall, similar to a fire extinguisher or automated defibrillator.
Of course, harm reduction does not involve helping a loved one to purchase more drugs. Parents, spouses, and siblings should not be expected to provide drug money or drugs.
However, they also do not have to throw their loved ones out on the streets without food or any resources to survive or get help. Every situation is different, but experts now agree that tough love is not always the best way to address the issue.
Why is fentanyl used as the common ingredient in so many fake pills?
While the fentanyl patch street value is typically high, the cost of fentanyl analogs is very cheap. Oxycodone for sale on the streets is often very expensive. Oxycodone 30s go for as much as $30 or more from street dealers.
By purchasing pressed pills from China that look just like what you would see in a roxy pill picture, dealers can obtain the fake pills at a fraction of the cost of the real thing. The street drug dealers can than pass some savings on to their customers while still making more profit for themselves.
The problem with dealing in fake pills is that illicit fentanyl is one of the most deadly substances being sold as a drug on the streets. Dealers may be put away in federal prison for murder if caught knowingly selling fake pills containing fentanyl.
It is also possible that dealers are not even aware that they are selling fake fentanyl pills.
Imagine if a dealer gets oxycodone from a friend to resell. The friend gets the pills from his sick uncle who has a prescription.
The dealer may believe that he has a good source of verifiable real oxycodone pills. Now, what if the guy with the sick uncle decides to expand his business.
He goes online to the dark web and uses bitcoin to purchase fake pain pills from China, delivered through the US mail. He orders hundreds of blue pills that look just like a real oxycodone 30.
The dealer to whom he is selling has no idea that the pills no longer come from a prescription bottle belonging to the poor sick uncle. In fact, maybe there was never a sick uncle all along.
Drug dealers, no matter how trustworthy they seem to be, should never be trusted. No matter how you look at it, drug dealers are criminals, selling dangerous illegal drugs.
What is the best place to start when looking for help with an addiction to fake pain pills?
Fake pills contain fentanyl, which is an opioid. Opioid use can lead to physical and psychological dependence. Medication-assisted treatment is the standard of care for fentanyl addiction.
One option is to attend a local methadone clinic. Methadone is highly effective when used as part of a treatment plan for treating fentanyl addiction. Methadone can be started on the same day that you quit taking fentanyl pills.
Another option is to visit a Suboxone clinic or a concierge Suboxone doctor. Suboxone is also highly effective in treating fentanyl addiction as well as opioid addiction in general.
While there is the issue of avoiding precipitated withdrawal at the beginning of treatment, an experienced Suboxone doctor can help you through the process. If you are able to get started with Suboxone treatment, it will be an easier process long-term compared to methadone treatment.
Suboxone treatment is provided weekly or monthly, while methadone treatment is typically daily. If you go to a methadone maintenance clinic, you must show up every single morning for your methadone dose.
If you are using pain pills, whether they are fake pills or real, you should consider quitting opioids. The best time to quit is right now. Medication-assisted treatment is effective and can help you to return to normal functioning.
You can quickly lose the obsession to get more pills and the compulsion to take more pills when you have them. Your thinking becomes clear, the stress and anxiety of running around, worrying about drugs, simply goes away.
The first step to quitting opioids is to ask for help. Seeing a doctor with experience in treating opioid addiction is an excellent place to get started on the path to recovery from opioids.