Deadly New ‘Super Pill’ Makes Waves in Florida
Florida’s Pinellas County is experiencing what law enforcement is calling a “public health emergency” as a new “super pill” has hit the streets and killed at least nine people in as many weeks.
These new pills are being cleverly masqueraded as the popular benzodiazepine medication, Xanax. However, users of the new designer drug are getting far more than they bargained for thanks to the powerful punch the pill packs with its combination hit of both Xanax and Fentanyl.
Fentanyl, as you may know, is an incredibly strong and highly addictive medication used to treat chronic, intense pain. A medication that is so potent that it is often used to treat cancer patients in their end stages of life. When coupled with Xanax, the two form an unstoppable duo that is so powerful that it is “killing people within minutes” of ingesting it.
Having over 18 years of experience in Pinellas County, Dr. Raafat Hanna, has seen more than his fair share of Fentanyl related incidents while on staff in Northside Hospital’s emergency room in Saint Petersburg, Florida. He said, “It’s 80 to 100 times as strong as morphine and about 40 to 50 times as strong as street heroin. It’s easy to get overdosed on a very small dose.”
“You don’t have to take a handful of them. All you gotta do is take one, and you’re dead,” said Sheriff Bob Gualtieri of Pinellas County. He continued, “There’s no other way to put it…You better stop buying this Xanax on the street because nine people are dead.”
The sudden arrival of this super pill is leaving law enforcement scratching their heads and clamouring to find a way to stop the public from seeking out this cheap, $5 high. A task that is becoming rather difficult to accomplish since they have yet to figure out where the drug came from and who’s selling it.
For now, Pinellas County officials and law enforcement are doing their best to educate the public of the dangers associated with this drug as they prepare for party ready spring breakers to descend upon them in the coming weeks.