the DEA, The most
common counterfeit pill found in Minnesota is an illicit substitute for
oxycodone, known as M30’s for its markings. It is important to note that there
is no concern of counterfeit pills entering the legitimate prescription supply
chain. Counterfeit pills are sold on the
black market, either on the street by drug dealers or on the dark web.
a brand-name version of the extended-release form of oxycodone. They are
different versions of the same drug. OxyContin and immediate-release oxycodone
belong to a drug class called opioids. A class of drugs is a group of
medications that work in a similar way and are often used to treat similar
conditions. Immediate-release oxycodone and OxyContin both bind to receptors in
your brain and spinal cord. When they do this, they block pain signals and stop
oxycodone is used to treat moderate to severe pain, such as from surgery or an
injury. OxyContin is usually reserved for longer-lasting pain from the late
stages of a long-term disease, usually cancer. Doctors may sometimes add
immediate-release oxycodone to treatment with OxyContin during brief moments when
the pain becomes severe.
bout 50,000 fake oxycodone
30 pills containing fentanyl were seized this week during the arrests of
three people in the Las Vegas area, federal authorities said. A Drug
Enforcement Administration statement did not identify the three “non-U.S.
citizens” arrested Wednesday by DEA agents and North Las Vegas police on
conspiracy and drug trafficking charges.
A DEA photo
showed in a KTNV-TV report depicted blue pills that look like 30-milligram
doses of oxycodone, marked with variations of "M-30.” The Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention calls fentanyl and other potent synthetic
opioids the primary driver behind the nation's ongoing opioid crisis. Las Vegas
has experienced nearly a 31% increase in overdose and other drug-related deaths
from 2019 to 2020, the DEA said, and deaths involving fentanyl almost doubled.
a powerful synthetic opioid that is similar to morphine but is 50 to 100 times
more potent. The illegally used fentanyl most often associated with recent
overdoses is made in labs. This synthetic fentanyl is sold illegally as a
powder, dropped onto blotter paper, put in eye droppers and nasal sprays, or
made into pills that look like other prescription opioids.
Some drug dealers are mixing fentanyl with other drugs, such as heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, and MDMA. This is because it takes very little to produce a high with fentanyl, making it a cheaper option. This is especially risky when people taking drugs don’t realize they might contain fentanyl as a cheap but dangerous additive. They might be taking stronger opioids than their bodies are used to and can be more likely to overdose.