Pinellas County, FL – At least nine people are reported dead from a drug overdose after using what appears to be fake Xanax.
These counterfeit pills have been in circulation since January, state Pinellas County investigators.
What We Know About Fake Xanax
The fake Xanax is a mixture of authentic Xanax and fentanyl. Xanax is a benzodiazepine (benzos) and normally prescribed for anxiety and panic disorders. Fentanyl is a strong narcotic that is generally prescribed by doctors to treat severe pain. Fentanyl is also 80 times more potent than Morphine and about 50 times stronger than heroin, explains Sheriff Bob Gualtieri.
Officials do not know where the fake Xanax pills are being created, but are warning the public of its deadly dangers.
At least three people have died as a direct result of the combination of Xanax and fentanyl. The six remaining deaths are waiting to be examined, but suspected to be tied to the deadly, fake Xanax.
Pinellas County Sheriff, Bob Gualtieri, and his office are working with other agencies throughout the state to help warn officials and their communities about the dangers of this new fake Xanax. At the time of their report, they were not seeing reports of connected deaths at any other locations, but the spread of the deadly fake remains unclear. Strong warnings remain in effect for users – do not take or use drugs off the streets.
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