There is a new wave of deadly counterfeit Norco and Oxycontin pills being imported (primarily from China) through Canada, Mexico that look exactly like the ‘real’ drug that are now laced with the hyper potent drug Fentanyl and/or car-fentanyl.
Heroin is also frequently laced with the deadly drug Fentanyl and or car-fentanyl.
There is a new wave of pills being imported, primarily 90% from China, through Canada, Mexico, the internet and the postal services that look exactly like Norco or Oxycontin that are now laced with the hyper potent drug Fentanyl and or car-fentanyl. Heroin is also frequently laced with the deadly drug Fentanyl and or car-fentanyl, why because its cheap for its potency.
We are now seeing an increase in adverse reactions including deep and quick addiction and overdoses from this new drug combination. It seems that they are including Fentanyl in these deadly counterfeit Norco and Oxycontin pills because they can be made much more potent and addictive with less cost.
One problem that we are currently seeing is that people think they are buying legitimate brand name, legally manufactured medications with standardized strengths but what they are getting is a deadly counterfeit Norco and Oxycontin form with varying strengths, making dosing difficult and dangerous.
There is also an increase in reports of cheap “China White Heroin” being included with street cocaine which can also be fatal due to the speedball effect (heart attack due to the up and down effect simultaneously) as well as the opportunity to get addicted to both Heroin and Cocaine.
Some of the driving factors for this new trend include the fact that Doctors, instead of guiding the patient through a taper plan and arranging therapeutic support, are cutting their Opioid dependent patients off from the medications they are dependent on, forcing them to buy their medications from “the street”. This has helped to increase demand and thus the cost of these drugs into the neighborhood of $1.00 per milligram which is highly profitable especially for counterfeit manufacturers.
Other common black market drugs are the ADHD stimulants and the Benzodiazepine class of drugs.
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