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What’s Really in Your Drugs?

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Drug dealers have taken on a new role as a chef, creating concoctions of multiple deadly drugs.

Drug dealers have been marketing what they sell on the street as pills, heroin or cocaine. But in reality it is likely a product of fentanyl cutting. Creating counterfeit drugs in this way allows dealers to make more money while spending less. 

These deadly concoctions are dealer’s security, by getting users a fentanyl addiction to their specific product. Fentanyl is much stronger than heroin. People with opioid use disorders will often seek out the stronger drugs in order to stay well.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, More than 399,000 people died from overdoses involving any opioid, including prescription and illicit opioids from 1999-2017. The “third wave” of drug overdoses began in 2013 when fentanyl cutting became more prevalent. 

Fake drugs don't come with a warning. When you buy drugs off the street, you have no idea what your really getting.

Counterfeit pills could contain only fentanyl in them, regardless of them being labeled as Xanax or Oxycodone. The fentanyl effects could cause someone used to taking benzodiazepines an   immediate drug overdose. Fentanyl is 100 times stronger than morphine, even one dose of fentanyl could cause an overdose.

This problem is occurring all over the United States. The Drug Enforcement Agency continues to issue warnings that any drugs bought on the street could be a counterfeit version. 

Besides adding fentanyl to drugs, dealers have been mixing heroin with Xanax and barbiturates. Adding other prescription drugs to heroin or cocaine, is not only dangerous, but can make withdrawals more difficult to overcome and even cause seizures when Xanax is involved.

The different additives will also cause the user to experience withdrawal from one or more of the other drugs. These additives may be heroin mixed with fentanyl and Xanax, muscle relaxers, tramadol, or cocaine mixed with fentanyl and Adderall. Fighting multiple withdrawal symptoms makes the detox process difficult for many, which keeps them in the grips of their addiction.

These dealers are keeping you hooked to what they are selling. Your life is in danger every time you use. You have no idea what could be in that pill, or in that bag. If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, you don’t have to go through this alone.

Drug dealers have taken on the role as a "chef," creating dangerous concoctions and deadly mixtures.

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