Should we worry about this?
Fake pills are out there, along with a slew of other deadly counterfeit tablets. Hence, buyers on the black market must beware.
As you may have heard, drug dealers are selling counterfeit oxycodone blue tablets. Therefore, it is only a matter of time before we start seeing more fake meds out there.
Fake buprenorphine pills and even films could be coming soon. According to this article, these Suboxone imposters are already here.
When narcotics agents test a phony tablet, it often tests positive for fentanyl, a deadly potent synthetic opioid. What if a fake pill doesn’t test positive for any known opioid?
Even if the drug test is negative, the fake pill could still contain a deadly opioid-like substance. U-47700, or “Pinky,” has found its way into the street drug supply.
This new, deadly opioid analog is many times the potency of heroin. It is sometimes known as “pink heroin.” Unless a specific forensic drug test is performed, U-47700 will not show up on a drug test.
Another concern is a drug known as “gray death.” Gray death is actually a combination of opioids, opioid analogs, and other drugs. It gets its name from its gray color.
This deadly drug combo has been found in many fake pressed tablets. When you buy pills on the streets, they could very well be fake pills, containing pink heroin or gray death.
Are you treating opioid dependence in a parking lot?
With all of the heroin, fentanyl, and prescription painkillers out on the streets, why would a drug dealer want to sell you Suboxone film or tablets? Law enforcement officials believe that drug users are getting high from Suboxone. They think it is as bad as any illicit drug.
The fact is that the majority of Suboxone sold out on the streets is sold to people who want to self-treat their substance abuse problem. Why would someone who uses heroin, fentanyl, or other opioids wish to switch to Suboxone?
Suboxone is an effective addiction treatment drug.
It reduces the risk of overdose and prevents withdrawal symptoms. People who take Suboxone do not suffer from a prolonged opioid withdrawal, and they do not have cravings for opioids.
Yet, street use of Suboxone is dangerous and illegal. Furthermore, if you take Suboxone from the streets, you miss out on many of the benefits of medication-assisted treatment. Even worse, you risk accidentally taking fake Suboxone. Beware, phony buprenorphine film, and pills can lead to fatal overdoses.
What makes fake Suboxone so dangerous?
While Suboxone is a powerful treatment for opioid addiction, it is still an opioid itself. When illegal drug labs make fake opioid pills, they usually make them with fentanyl. Imagine what would happen if you bought Suboxone on the streets, and it was fentanyl? You could overdose and die from fake Suboxone.
How is it possible to avoid fake opioid pills?
Whether it is Suboxone, oxycodone, Vicodin, or Dilaudid, any pill bought on the street now could be a fake. Yet, there is one surefire way to avoid these fakes. If you are concerned about fake Suboxone, all you have to do is stop buying Suboxone from drug dealers!
If you don’t buy it on the street, you won’t get a fake. Avoiding street drugs means that you will not have to worry about overdosing on a fake pill. Along with other street opioids, such as kratom, you must avoid this deadly drug.
But what if you need Suboxone to get off of opiates or opioids?
If you are buying Suboxone on the street to self treat your addiction, you must stop doing this. The solution is to go to a doctor who prescribes Suboxone. Then, you can get started with medication-assisted treatment or MAT.
Now, you will know that your Suboxone comes from a pharmacy, not an illegal drug lab. And, you will be able to get the full spectrum of treatment, including therapy.
MAT saves lives.
You may think that seeing the doctor is a waste of your time. Since you can buy Suboxone from a drug dealer, why would you want to see a doctor? Think carefully about how things have been going in your life. If you are honest with yourself, you will realize that you cannot continue to live this way.
Wouldn’t you like to do things the right way? The best way to recover from opiates and opioids and ensure the best chance for success is to see a doctor who is experienced and certified in MAT.
MAT involves taking medication, seeing a doctor regularly, and getting psychotherapy. Buprenorphine/naloxone, the generic name for Suboxone, has been used for about two decades now. Suboxone treatment is proven to be safe and effective. It is quickly becoming known by addiction specialists as the gold standard of treatment.
There are new options for MAT available now.
New forms of this medication have arrived, and patients have even more options than ever. For example, there is a monthly injectable form of buprenorphine named Sublocade. Soon, there will be a second injectable on the market, Brixadi. There is even an implantable buprenorphine product that lasts up to six months!
You can get started right now.
Now is the best time to stop taking street drugs of any kind. Even when a drug dealer sells you a pharmaceutical product, it is still a street drug. You should only take medications that are prescribed by a doctor and sold by a pharmacist.
By following this rule, you will be safe from dangerous fakes out on the streets. And, you will be staying within the law, and you will be recovering from opioid addiction the right way.
The next step that you may want to take is to look up a local doctor who can prescribe Suboxone and similar medications. Make an appointment to see the doctor as soon as possible. If you believe that you are in danger of overdose or other severe consequences of opioid use, you may also go to the nearest hospital emergency department.