Counterfeit pills and fentanyl pills are here to stay.
There is a reason why many opioid addicted people avoid heroin. It is mainly that heroin is a street drug. There are all kinds of synthetic opiate replacements and fillers out there. No matter how much you trust your dealer, you really never know exactly what you are getting. The danger of not knowing is that heroin kills if it is too potent for the user. And, all opioid users have different levels of tolerance. This is why many opioid users choose to go with prescription opioids, such as oxycodone. The advantage of a prescription opioid is that you always know what you are getting. A tablet manufactured by the pharmaceutical industry contains what it is supposed to contain and nothing more. If they are 30mg oxycodone tablets, then they have 30mg of oxycodone in them. However, with the rise of counterfeit oxycodone pills, the drug user can no longer trust even the most real-appearing tablets. Unfortunately, fake oxycodone pills are everywhere.
Overdose deaths are rising due to fentanyl.
By now, you must be aware that fentanyl is becoming a public crisis. Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid, is being found in many different drugs. It is found in heroin. In fact, fentanyl is even being used as a full replacement. Many users do not even know that they are getting a very different drug from what they believed they were buying. Yet, it is not only heroin users who are affected. Fentanyl has been found in cocaine and marijuana. It is likely present in other drugs as well. This could be accidental contamination or it could be intentional. When you buy drugs on the black market, there are no guarantees. Unfortunately, because of the potency of fentanyl and its analogs, deadly overdoses are occurring at higher rates than ever. It has gotten so bad that Narcan (naloxone), an opioid overdose reversal drug, is being fast tracked by the FDA to get approved to be over the counter.
Fake pills are fentanyl pills disguised as oxycodone.
The blue oxycodones are well known on the streets. These are the 30mg tablets. There are also the green tablets which are typically 15mg. While these colors may vary with generic manufacturer, these colors are so well known that oxycodone tablets are sometimes referred to as “blues”. During the past year, medical examiners have noted that patients who overdosed and died while taking oxycodone pills tested positive for fentanyl. Narcotics investigators are finding that the blue oxycodone tablets on the streets are sometimes counterfeits that are pure fentanyl. The scariest part of it is that these pills are so well made that they are indistinguishable from the real oxycodone pills. It is believed that they come from China and Mexico and may come through the US postal service. Police are warning drug users to beware these counterfeit pills.
The fakes are real.
You may have your doubts about these stories of fake oxycodone. Or, you may have the utmost confidence in your dealer. It could be that they are a close friend or someone who tells you that they have a real prescription and get their oxycodone from a pharmacy. The fact is that you never really know. And, in my experience in seeing opioid addicted patients for medication assisted treatment, these fakes are really out there. I have seen patients who were only taking oxycodone that they bought from a trusted dealer and no other drugs. When they came to my office, our drug test only showed fentanyl as being present in their system. No oxycodone at all. While the pills look real, if you are used to taking oxycodone, you will know the difference. Fentanyl is different. And, it is deadly.
Avoid painkiller pills.
If you thought you were safe, using controlled substances such as Percocet (perks), oxycodone (oxys), Oxycontin and others, you should be aware that there is no longer any guarantee that these pills are real. At any time, they may start making a wider variety of pills that look just like the originals. If you are struggling with opiate addiction, the best thing to do is to see a doctor right away who treats opiate addiction with medication assisted treatment with Suboxone. Either they will be able to help you quit right away or refer you to a doctor or treatment program that will work best for you.