So yes the product is manufactured in China, but is China the culprit? Listen, there is absolutely no way that China can sell a product to America without there being some type of American influence. The pills are said to be shipped to Mexico and mostly used by cartels, but they are also making their way to Canada and Other countries. China is marketing this drug to America and surrounding countries. But whose fault is it? Should we blame China? Of course not.
The unfortunate thing about this story is that I have a little bit of compassion for the “innocent” buyers who are just looking for a quick high, but could face an uncertain and untimely death, it’s almost not fair, at least when you look at it from my point of view. I don’t think that people trying to get their party on should have to die.
The pills are actually synthetic. They are a fentanyl pain pill with no regulation and isn’t mixed properly. We’ve heard in recent months about the growing use of painkillers, but to this degree, not yet. Simply because it was easy at one time to get these LEGAL pills from having a prescription, but as times have progressed, it’s becoming harder to get a new prescription because they have a database now of all the patients who have received prior opiates. I’m certain that addicts have exhausted all resources to get them legally, so what’s next? A knockoff.
It’s just like the designer handbag. Michael Kors, ugh the bags are beautiful and expensive. I have seen them sold out of trunks before, of course with the plastic wrapped around the straps which is a dead giveaway that they are a FAKE, but people still buy them because if they are decent quality, they still obtain a certain feel and a certain look. Some of them are considered to be INSPIRED BY Orlando LIKENESS of, but they aren’t authentic. Is this the same thing? I cannot tolerate that. I had a fake one that a friend purchased for me, and I was so self conscience about it. I started feeling like I was a fake. I got rid of the purse. But now, a lot of people will still keep their purse even knowing that it’s fake.
In regards to the synthetic pill, it’s cheaper and if it’s still able to accomplish the same feeling, the people will continue to purchase it. Every time you purchase a street drug you are playing Russian Roulette.
The epidemic of abuse has not affected China at all. Every pill that is pressed is for foreign use only. If the DEA is concerned, then we have a problem. This issue isn’t new. It was delivered here upon the immediate complaints, which took place in California, July 2016, no one knew what it was. Just a series of users rushing to the ER with complications from a drug they purchased from the streets. Today the facts are out there. Www.cdc.government
America is ordering the product. The same Chinese drug manufacturer of legal pills is manufacturing this deadly synthetic. Both are being shipped to America. How do you feel about that?
They didn’t have any concerns for their safety, because they assumed that they were getting the real deal. They looked exactly like what they had been prescribed before.
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/jul/24/counterfeit-prescription-pills-laced-deadly-opioid-fentanyl …. COPY LINK read full story.
Am I missing something here? I’m a conspiracy theorist at times, but who is to blame here? Are many of the patients visiting the doctor already addicts? Are they chasing a high? Is it the doctors responsibility? Ultimately yes, but even after the doctor puts a cap on their supply, they will find a way to get access to it.
We have pill mills that are run by doctors. And those are expected to be licensed but highly unethical. They have very little concern for their patients who they know are addicted. Or do they? Perhaps they do care but are powerless. Who is to blame? Why do we have such addictive medications on the market? A synthetic form of Xanax is on the streets and it’s deadly. As stated before this story is nothing new, but pills on the market that are duplicates of legal opiates is scary. It’s a matter of trust too. Who can you trust when it comes to street drugs? Friends of friends can be duped too.
When you realize that possibly 70% of opiate users are drug addicts already it kind of takes away the sting. Imagine users of heroin finding a cheaper high by using pain management as a means to get pills. It’s not fair to those who need therapy legitimately. But in retrospect, these patients can In turn become addicts because these drugs are addictive. So what is a person to do? If you find yourself craving your supply and thinking about it as you would a great lover, then instead of chasing a feeling of numbness, go to that same doctor who prescribed the medication,and inform him of your situation. Don’t just sit there and allow this thing to control you. Some people will never admit that they have a problem, and they don’t need help. They are looking for a cop out, but if you are genuinely affected by this and it’s not intentional, get help. You don’t have to become an addict. It’s not your fault at all.
We are damned if we do or don’t. People are suffering in severe pain, and Marijuana would ease that pain without the threat of addiction. But who would benefit from this? Pharmaceutical companies detest this idea because they get nothing for it. But what about the patient? We need to fix this.
I have compassion for everyone who wants help. But help doesn’t involve lying and manipulation. It doesn’t involve blackmail and controlling those who love you. It doesn’t involve being a bully and committing crimes. It involves honesty and a willingness to change and be better.
If you are a party animal and using this drug as a means to get high, that’s really fucked up. But I’m not judgemental about your personal choices, but it’s pretty shitty when real pain sufferers can’t get medications because the addicts have ruined it for everyone.
The FACTS BELOW provided by DEA.GOV
- Fentanyl and fentanyl-related compounds are traditionally mixed into or sold as heroin, or on its own, oftentimes without the customer’s knowledge. Since 2014, U.S. law enforcement agencies have been seizing a new form of fentanyl—counterfeit prescription opioid pills containing fentanyl or fentanyl-related compounds. The counterfeit pills often closely resemble the authentic medications they were designed to mimic, and the presence of fentanyl is only detected upon laboratory analysis.
- Fentanyl traffickers have been successful at expanding the fentanyl market and introducing new fentanyl-laced drug products to the U.S. drug market. The DEA National Forensic Laboratory Information System (NFLIS) reported that there were 13,002 fentanyl exhibits tested by forensic laboratories across the country in 2015 (the latest year for which data is available), which is a 65 percent increase from the 7,864 fentanyl exhibits in 2014. There were approximately eight times as many fentanyl exhibits in 2015 as there were during the 2006 fentanyl crisis, clearly demonstrating the unprecedented threat and expansion of the fentanyl market.
- The rise of counterfeit pills that contain fentanyl in the illicit drug market will likely result in more opioid-dependent individuals, overdoses, and deaths. There were over 700 fentanyl-related deaths reported in the United States between late 2013 and 2014. During 2013-2014, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported that deaths from synthetic opioids increased 79 percent, from 3,097 to 5,544. Although the synthetic opioid category does contain other opioids, this sharp increase coincides with a sharp increase in fentanyl availability, and the CDC reports that a substantial portion of the increase appears to be related to illicit fentanyl.
- In March 2016, law enforcement officers in Lorain County, Ohio, seized 500 pills that visually appeared to be oxycodone. The pills were blue and had “A 215” markings, consistent with 30 milligram oxycodone pills. Laboratory analysis indicated that the pills did not contain oxycodone, but were instead the research chemical U-47700. U-47700 is an unscheduled synthetic opioid not studied for human use that has caused at least 17 overdoses and several deaths in the United States.
- Many Chinese laboratories illicitly manufacturing synthetic drugs, such as fentanyl and their precursors, also manufacture legitimate chemicals for purchase by U.S. companies. This means that laboratories responsible for supplying fentanyl in counterfeit pills can also run legitimate businesses. Although Chinese clandestine laboratories may be contributing to the fentanyl supply, legitimate laboratories may also be sources of supply.
- Traffickers can typically purchase a kilogram of fentanyl powder for a few thousand dollars from a Chinese supplier, transform it into hundreds of thousands of pills, and sell the counterfeit pills for millions of dollars in profit. If a particular batch has 1.5 milligrams of fentanyl per pill, approximately 666,666 counterfeit pills can be manufactured from 1 kilogram of pure fentanyl.