We have heard about heroin being laced with the potent drug fentanyl, leading to overdoses for many. Now, it seems that prescription medications (mainly benzodiazepines) being sold on the black market are turning out to be laced with the potent synthetic drug. Just as with heroin, it will not be long before people will be actively seeking out the drugs containing fentanyl.
Fentanyl in Benzodiazepines
Carroll County is the first in Maryland to discover these counterfeit medications, though we can almost guarantee it will not be the last. The public health officials of Carroll County have confirmed of at least one incident involving a synthetic imitation of Xanax containing fentanyl. One of the ways that this is being tracked in Maryland is through Center for Substance Abuse Research (CESAR), on the main campus at the University of Maryland. While there was just the one report of the synthetic pills in Carroll County, Maryland, CESAR also showed researchers that similar cases have been appearing outside of Maryland as well – mainly Florida and California.
Even Larger Overdose Risk
Those purchasing the drugs who are more naive to what they are dealing with may find themselves facing an overdose. In addition, when someone is purchasing prescription medications they are buying a precise dosage and amount. For the most part they know what they are getting, so to take the counterfeit pills, even with experience there is no telling what the result will be.
The main concern of everyone is that the use of these drugs leads to a drug market where the more potent the drug, the better. In the end this will result in nothing but more deaths by overdose. Law enforcement has made it clear that their primary concern is the safety of everyone versus punishment. Anyone who believes they may have gotten the imitation synthetic drugs can bring them forward, no questions asked, so that they and the DEA can trace it back to where it came from.
If you or someone you know is purchasing benzodiazepines or any other prescribed drugs off of the black market, it is important to be aware of how life threatening just taking one counterfeit pill can be. If you are struggling with addiction and need help, call Serenity Acres today to speak to one of our addiction professionals, at 1-800-203-2024.