Learn more about the Xanax laced with Fentanyl epidemic
What is Xanax laced with Fentanyl, and is it dangerous? Fake Xanax is being manufactured in home laboratories and is being combined with Fentanyl and other dangerous compounds, such as: ammonia, rat poison, battery acid, hydrochloric acid and more. These compounds are dangerous when consumed, and Fentanyl alone is extremely dangerous, even when taken in small amounts. The producers of fake Xanax are able to make the drug similar to real Xanax. The fake Xanax has the same shape, size, color and logo as the real thing and telling them apart is difficult. Anyone who purchases illicit Xanax on the street with the intention of consuming it is taking a very high risk that can prove fatal.
All compounds that are included in the fake Xanax laced with Fentanyl are extremely hazardous and can cause permanent damage to the body. Fentanyl is a potent synthetic opioid painkiller used to treat intense pain. This fast-acting drug is 50 times more potent than heroin and 100 times more potent than morphine and has a high potential for addiction. Some Fentanyl overdose symptoms include: dizziness, confusion, intense sedation, delusions, weak muscles, loss of consciousness, pinpoint pupils, extremely low blood pressure, and heartbeat, dangerously slow breathing or cessation of breathing, hypoxia, coma, and death. Fentanyl is a powerful drug when taken alone and when mixed with Xanax is a disaster just waiting to happen.
Xanax, on the other hand, is a benzodiazepine drug that depresses the central nervous system, causing muscles to relax, and also slows down brain activity. As one of the most abused psychoactive drugs in the U.S. Xanax is a popular recreational drug choice among teenagers and young adults. Xanax has a wide spectrum of withdrawal symptoms that can be life-threatening if not professionally supervised and treated. Anyone being treated for Xanax laced with Fentanyl addiction should be treated at an inpatient rehab facility and receive a medically supervised detox.
Illicit Xanax laced with Fentanyl is called the “super pill” on the street, and are being peddled for $5.00 a pill. Just one pill can cause death, which has already happened to some of the drug’s victims. Hospital emergency room visits have increased with individuals suffering from fake Xanax side effects, which include:
- Heart attacks and heart failure
- Dangerously accelerated respiratory or central nervous system depression
- Confusion, drowsiness, difficulty concentrating, blackouts
- Hallucinations, delusions, paranoia
- Cardiac arrest, strokes, heart failure
- Involuntary movements, loss of bodily control
- Loss of consciousness, seizures, coma, death
Some people who are using Xanax laced with Fentanyl were originally abusing prescription medications. When they could no longer obtain prescriptions for their medications they began to seek out their drugs in the illegal drug market. Because of this, the prescription drug abuse epidemic in the U.S. is increasing illegal drug market activity, and this is prompting many individuals to begin manufacturing the drugs as a way to make easy money.
These people who are producing fentanyl Xanax laced with Fentanyl are making fake pills that look almost identical to the real ones. These manufacturers are using a pill press with the name Xanax embossed on it, to imitate the real thing. People in the know, like pharmacists, can recognize that the fake pill is thinner than the real one and that it has a number stamped on the back of it. Most people do not know or recognize the difference and they believe they are getting the real medication and not a mixed concoction of chemicals that can easily kill them.
Xanax laced with Fentanyl is a highly dangerous drug that should never be consumed by anyone. If you are addicted to Xanax laced with Fentanyl you should seek immediate professional help at WhiteSands Treatment.
If you or a loved one needs help with abuse and/or treatment, please call the WhiteSands Treatment at (877) 855-3470. Our addiction specialists can assess your recovery needs and help you get the addiction treatment that provides the best chance for your long-term recovery.