‘Mexican Oxy’ also known as counterfeit oxycodone, these new pills have been circulating throughout the New Jersey area. This fake prescription drug may be coming to other states soon.
Lawmakers and pharmaceutical companies have reformulated oxycodone to make it more difficult to abuse by injection. This has made the injectable form of oxycodone more difficult to get and, therefore, more expensive. Drug dealers increase their profits by mixing the more expensive oxycodone with relatively cheap heroin.
Illegal drug makers have created heroin in a pill form, designed to look like the prescription painkiller oxycodone. The tablets contain heroin and crushed opiates. Consumers ingest the pills by swallowing them or by crushing and injecting the tablets.
The buyer thinks he is purchasing prescription oxycodone but is ending up with heroin, which is much more addictive than oxycodone. The consumer can become addicted quite easily, sometimes in just a few weeks of use. This turns out to be very good business for the seller, who can now profit from scores of newly addicted customers.
As an added bonus to the drug dealer, heroin is much easier to sell in a pill form rather than as a powder. Pills fit neatly into prescription drug containers, making the drug easier to store and dispense for sale. Packing drugs into pill form also makes heroin look like oxycodone.
One of the largest drawbacks of buying without a prescription, aside from the obvious criminality of selling heroin, is that dosages vary between fake oxycodone pills – a pill might be so weak that it does not get the consumer high or it may be so strong that it kills her. There is no way for the consumer to know what the pill contains simply by looking at it.
Law enforcement officers have not yet determined if the pills are being manufactured in the United States but there is anecdotal evidence that the fake oxycodone pills are coming north out of Mexico. “We believe that the drug entered the country through New Mexico, was taken to California and then to New York. They go in circles. There is so much money involved that it is worth the effort of transiting safer routes. Even if they lose a significant amount on the road there is much more,” said Bridget Brennan, Special Narcotics Prosecutor for the City of New York.
After struggling with oxycodone addiction problems for many years, Cherry Hill and Burlington County area have been especially hit hard with fake oxycodone. In these New Jersey locations, the fake oxycodone tablets are a speckled, bluish-green color with an “M” inside a box stamped on the front and the number 30 on the back. The pills are slightly larger than are their legal counterparts, and they deliver a much stronger dose of opiates.
New Jersey is similar to most states in that it has been struggling with a rising heroin problem in the past few years. It is hard to know exactly how widespread the drug abuse problem is but in 2013, more than 33,000 people in that state sought treatment for heroin and other opiate abuse. That year, at least 557 people died from opiate overdose in that state.
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