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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, when in reality it is a mix of different drugs, they created to make more money while spending less. The drugs they have mixed together could be opiates, such as fentanyl, stimulants, such as cocaine and methamphetamine, benzodiazepines and barbiturates, however there is no way to know what you are actually getting.

These deadly concoctions are dealer’s security, by getting users hooked to their specific product means they will be forced to continue to come back, regardless of price or consequence, in order to stay well. Drug dealers are spending less money on synthetic opioids, such as fentanyl, which is one reason they may be using it to cut all of their drugs, including stimulants such as cocaine. In New York, a statement was released warning people who recreationally use drugs such as cocaine or MDMA, that they may be contaminated with fentanyl and cause overdose death. In Iowa, police and Drug Enforcement Agency spokesman warned about counterfeit pills that, they say, could have fooled a pharmacist. In Mississippi police pleaded with users to take precaution due to fentanyl being found in multiple drugs found on the street.

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, which would cause immediate overdose. Fentanyl is 100 times stronger than morphine, only one spec could cause an overdose. This problem has popped up than five states that have had to release statements, including a federal statement from the Drug Enforcement Agency, warning those addicted that any drug bought on the street could be counterfeit, contain fentanyl, and be deadly.

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 withdrawals 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.

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

Every time you use, regardless of your drug of choice, if you are just trying it for the first time, or think you “know” your dealer, you are playing Russian roulette. These dealers are keeping you hooked to what they are selling, and 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. Our admissions specialists can help you get sober and into detox today. Let go and let’s chat.