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The NYPD Police laboratory testing data has confirmed the presence of fentanyl in with cocaine products as well as in counterfeit prescription sedatives e. There have been two new alerts issued related to synthetic opioids. It is not a single drug, but typically contains several potent opioids, including whatever a drug dealer has on hand in varying proportions. It has a potency much higher than heroin and is reportedly administered via injection, ingestion, insufflation, and smoking. In addition, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation GBI is issuing a public safety alert regarding illegal synthetic opioids that have caused more deaths in the first four months of the year than all of last year.
U and furanyl fentanyl are both Schedule I drugs and used in the same manner as heroin. The drugs are distributed in either powder or tablet form. Drug Enforcement Administration DEA has temporarily classified U, nicknamed "Pink," a schedule I drug , which means it has a high potential for abuse and no approved medical use. Since last year, this dangerous synthetic opioid has been linked with at least 46 confirmed deaths—31 in New York and 10 in North Carolina. Law enforcement agencies have seized the drug in powder form and as counterfeit tablets that mimic pharmaceutical opioids. Earlier this year, law enforcement in Ohio seized pills resembling a manufacturer's oxycodone immediate-release tablets.
However, laboratory analysis confirmed that they contained Pink. Pink belongs to a family of deadly synthetic opioids far more potent than morphine. It is usually imported to the United States, mainly from illicit labs in China. The drug can be toxic—even in small doses. It is typically taken by itself or combined with other drugs such as heroin and fentanyl. Pink's name comes from the pinkish hue of the powder. It has been available for purchase over the internet and is misleadingly marketed as a "research chemical.
For more information, see the DEA news release on its scheduling of Pink. The Drug Enforcement Administration DEA has issued a nationwide warning to the public and law enforcement about human use of the potent animal opioid sedative carfentanil, one of the strongest opioids available. Carfentanil, a fentanyl analog with a potency approximately 10, times that of morphine, has been linked to a significant number of overdose deaths nationwide. It is used as a sedative or in general anesthesia for large animals, including elephants, but is not approved for use in humans. As with many fentanyl analogs, it is likely that carfentanil is being added to mixtures of heroin and other street drugs, but it is not known how often carfentanil is being added to or substituted for other opioids in street drugs, underscoring its danger.
More information can be seen under the August 23rd, posting below. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC has released an alert to public health departments, health care professionals, first responders, and others through its Health Alert Network about the increase in fentanyl-related overdoses and deaths in many parts of the country.
Fentanyl is an extremely potent synthetic opioid—50 times stronger than heroin. Traditionally, fentanyl and analogs such as carfentanil have been mixed with powder heroin.
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Fentanyl-laced heroin has been linked to a surge of overdoses in Indiana and Ohio in late August, Fentanyl and related compounds are also being found in counterfeit pills made to look like prescription pain relievers and sedatives e. These counterfeit pills are also the subject of a recent Drug Enforcement Administration alert. Those who use heroin or prescription drugs laced with fentanyl are at much higher risk of overdose and death.
When emergency personnel are able to respond in time, they sometimes need multiple doses of naloxone to reverse fentanyl overdoses.
Side effects of fentanyl analogs in humans are similar to those of fentanyl itself, which include itching, nausea, and potentially serious respiratory depression, which can be life-threatening. Officials in Ohio have noted a high number of overdoses in a short period of time that are suspected to be from carfentanil. Read the public health warning from Cuyahoga County, Ohio. In Florida Manatee County , there was a recent seizure of carfentanil and a coincidental increase in overdoses and deaths. Laboratory personnel are being warned about the potency of the drug and are advised to handle it with great care.
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As with many fentanyl analogs, it is likely that carfentanil is being added to mixtures of heroin and other street drugs. The Drug Enforcement Administration reports that the United States is in the midst of a fentanyl crisis, as traffickers are flooding the drug market with counterfeit prescription drugs containing fentanyl, an extremely powerful opioid.
These pills, which look like legitimate prescription pain relievers or sedatives, are causing large numbers of fatal overdoses in many parts of the country. Because of its high potency, fentanyl is deadly in very small doses; it is even hazardous for law enforcement, as a lethal dose can be accidentally inhaled or absorbed through skin contact. Media reports and official alerts in several U. The pills, which are disguised as common prescription drugs like Norco hydrocodone , Percocet oxycodone , and Xanax alprazolam , are responsible for a growing number of overdose deaths and non-fatal overdoses around the country.
Fentanyl is 25 to 50 times stronger than heroin, so even a small amount can cause an overdose.
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The Drug Enforcement Administration reports that some of these pills are manufactured in China and smuggled into the U. The fake pills are much cheaper than the real versions. The public should be aware that drugs obtained on the street, even though they look like a real prescription pharmaceutical, may be deadly. It is always unsafe to take a prescription drug unless it comes from your own prescription and is dispensed by a reputable pharmacy.
Synthetic cannabinoids, sometimes called "fake weed" or "herbal incense," are chemically related to THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, but they may be much more powerful. Their effects can be unpredictable and have caused death in some cases. In recent cases in New York City, some users' overdoses resemble opioid overdoses, including lethargy and suppression of breathing; in other cases they have exhibited agitated and violent behavior.
Loperamide is an over-the-counter anti-diarrheal medication that is available in tablet, capsule, or liquid form under brand names such as Imodium, Kaopectate 1-D, Maalox Anti-Diarrheal, and Pepto Diarrhea Control. Because it acts at mu-opioid receptors, which regulate movement in the intestinal tract, it is an opioid medication, and there are reports of its being misused by drug users to stave off opioid withdrawal or possibly even to get high.
Misuse of loperamide has been reported since ; it is not common, but it has been reported all over the country. When taken as recommended, loperamide is designed not to enter the brain; but instructions available on the Internet purport to show how taking loperamide in very high quantities and combining it with other substances may help it produce psychoactive effects that resemble the euphoric effects of other opioids or that mitigate cravings and withdrawal symptoms. Anecdotes and case reports indicated that the potential harm is high. There were also reports of opioid withdrawal symptoms when users stopped taking loperamide, including severe anxiety, vomiting, and diarrhea.
A surge in overdose deaths related to fentanyl, an opioid 30 to 50 times more potent than heroin, has prompted Baltimore health officials to launch a public health campaign to raise awareness among drug users. Hundreds of people have overdosed on fentanyl across the nation since , often as a result of using heroin that has been laced with the much stronger substance. Words mean something. My prayer daily is for strong families. Families who exemplify faith, hope, and charity.
Mother and Father together with children and extended family members close by, like Grandparents, cousins, etc.
This is what all children need and so many are missing today. I have read about the elephants before, and was really impressed by this observation of animal behavior. What a different young man I saw after a short time with the presence of this man in his life. Where I had seen disrespect and self-willed behavior, flagrant disobedience, I began to see a young man with self-control, and a spirit of cooperation, as well as respectful behavior and language, especially towards me, his mom.
I know how it happened, because I saw it up close and personal. I believe you.
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This really happens. The larger pattern is this, unfortunately: Men are increasingly unwillng to participate in the institution of legal marriage.
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Men have been slapped across the nose with a rolled up newspaper, repeatedly, ad nauseum, for about decades now. By the family courts, et. The problem for women has become this: men, stupid as they can be about women, have collectively noted these decades of abuse, humiliation, degradation, involuntary separation from their children. They are now well and truly scared of legal marriage. Nowadays many, many more men are woke, not needing even one divorce to awaken him. What to do now ladies?
On my deathbed I will regret not having raised children.
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Celibacy is my best option. How are other men responding to the new reality? Very few are going celibate. Emotional distancing, legal distancing no marrying. Accidental happen, of course, casual sexuality being casual after all. Child casualoies all about. Ladies, you gots the power. Almost every bit of power when it comes to family, kids.
Whatcha doing with that power? Where are you taking yourselves, your menfolk, your neighborhoods? That is only one result of what you are speaking about.