Popular teen party drugs may be deadly fakes.
Protect your students with the only FDA-cleared hair test for fentanyl.
- 27% of seized counterfeit pills contained potentially lethal doses of fentanyl. (DEA, August 2020 report)
- 47% of overdose deaths between 2018-2019 were due to fentanyl or other synthetic opioids (CDC)
- Fentanyl is involved in more deaths than any other illicit drug.(DEA Annual Threat Assessment 2019)
Counterfeit pills made with fentanyl are flooding the market, with overdoses and deaths on track to make 2020 the most deadly ever according to the CDC. Because the counterfeit pills look like Xanax, Percocet, or other drugs popular with teen partiers, students are not immune to the tragic outcomes now impacting nearly every state where these show up.
In years past, fentanyl was nearly always found in the exclusive domain of poly users—-those individuals who test positive for more than one drug. The prevailing thinking was that since a user was mixing fentanyl with drugs found on standard tests, the other drugs would trigger a positive. Today, fentanyl may be the ONLY active ingredient in a pill disguised as one of the popular party drugs.
Because like methamphetamines, cocaine and other water soluble drugs fentanyl goes largely undetected in a urine screen. It is excreted from the body far too quickly to detect it with a fluids test unless that test is run very soon after it is ingested. A drug test using hair analysis is the best bet to find it. But—a standard five panel test does not include fentanyl; it must be added and if you don’t test for it, you won’t find it, and a person at risk or who may quickly develop a dependence that spills over into the school day or work day may not be identified.
All 50 states have reported Deadly Counterfeit Pills made with fentanyl.
Download the 2019 DEA National Drug Threat Assessment to find a wealth of information on this and other threats.