Red Pill? BluePill? The Hidden Danger

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As the old saying goes, “what you don’t know can hurt you,” and when it comes to Fentanyl exposure that is the truth. In the past, we discussed the issue of other drugs being laced with Fentanyl. This week we’ll learn how it’s being camouflaged as a prescription drug.

In New York, a Bronx cellphone store was preparing for its biggest sale of the year, and it wasn’t for the latest iPhone. Police seized 14,000 Fentanyl pills disguised as knock-off oxycodone prescriptions; dealers were so dedicated to their craft they stamped each tablet with “M30” to convince the potential buyer of authenticity. In Manhattan, police seized 6,000 more of the same bootleg drug in a traffic stop.

Along the Mexico border, states like Arizona experience the same “camouflage” phenomenon but in one case, it ended badly. Teenage partygoers flagged down police to help revive their four friends from a drug overdose. “Mexican oxy,” a pill that partygoers believed was oxycodone, was pure Fentanyl. Arizona and other southwestern states bordering Mexico have become a hot spot in the nation’s fentanyl crisis. Fentanyl deaths tripled in Arizona alone from 2015 through 2017. Fortunately, the police were able to save three of the four teenagers.

In our last article, big time drug distributor McKesson is under fire for allegedly not following FDA rules— resulting in product tampering. In the midst of a camouflaged drug crisis, this breakdown in control is terrifying! It may be truer than you know that what you don’t know, can hurt you. McKesson has 15 days to outline the steps they have taken to correct the violations flagged by the FDA.

Fentanyl is becoming more popular for lacing other drugs or camouflaged as another drug. As we know, the drug crisis isn’t going away any time soon. Hopefully, we give our clients the opportunity to stay ahead of a landscape that is constantly changing and raising the risks of drug use.

Authorities seize $600K worth of fentanyl disguised as oxycodone

600K worth of knock-off blue pills has four New Yorkers facing multiple counts of criminal charges. See how dealers are now disguising Fentanyl.

Fentanyl deaths from ‘Mexican oxy’ pills hit Arizona hard

Mexican oxy, a disguised Fentanyl pill is sweeping Arizona by storm, read how teenage partygoers end their night in a way they’ll never forget.

FDA alleges McKesson shipped ‘illegitimate’ opioid products

For big drug distributor company McKesson, not following protocol found them in a sticky situation with the Food and Drug Administration.