Criminal lab identifies fake drugs


After testing several seizures of pills depicted as the drug oxycodone hydrochloride, the Tucson Police Department Crime Lab discovered that these pills were illicit (fake) pills that were produced in a clandestine lab and did not comply with regulations. FDA regulated standards.

According to the Counter Narcotics Alliance, most of these pills were stamped “M 30” or “A 215”, identifying marks. These two types of pills are light blue and look almost identical to pharmaceuticals to the untrained eye.

“These additional chemical compounds are used either to aid in the binding of substances during the pill-pressing process; and / or to enhance the potency and effects of the drug.” – ANC

CNA wants to remind people to have the overdose reversal drug, naloxone, with them if you or a loved one were using illicit or strong opioid drugs.

CNA also encourages people struggling with this substance use disorder to seek treatment from a physician, therapist, or approved treatment center.

“If there is a legitimate need for opioid-based pain relievers, please obtain them from a licensed pharmacist and pharmacy in the United States. Never trust a friend, relative, “street source” or unknown origin to be the supplier of the drugs. Doing so could expose you to the potentially fatal or harmful chemicals listed below. It is important to protect all medicines from children, adolescents and others for whom these medicines have not been prescribed by fixing them correctly. Always follow the advice of a licensed healthcare practitioner when taking prescribed medications. – ANC

The compounds listed below, in addition to fentanyl, were identified by the TPD Crime Lab from January 2017 to August 2017.

According to CNA:

“Pills containing these compounds are sold on the streets of Tucson and can cost up to $ 30 / pill. tested positive for the potent designer drug fentanyl. Fentanyl is one of the drugs that is fueling the “opioid epidemic” that is raging in our community, our state and our country. It is largely responsible for the increase in overdose deaths across the country. “- ANC

Not all of the pills tested contained all of these compounds, but according to CNA, all of these compounds were found in random samples taken at the TPD Crime Lab.

Additional Chemicals Identified in Fentanyl Seizures in the Tucson Area:

Acetyl Fentanyl: The chemical structure of acetyl fentanyl is very similar to that of fentanyl. Studies suggest that its potency is 5 to 15 times that of heroin.

Furanyle Fentanyl: is an opioid pain reliever which is an analogue of fentanyl. (More powerful than the heroine.)

U-47700 “pink”: a synthetic opioid added to enhance / add to the effects of fentanyl. (More potent than morphine.)

Tramadol: a synthetic opioid added to enhance / add to the effects of fentanyl.

para-fluoroisobutyrylfentanyl (FIBF): is an opioid pain reliever which is an analogue of fentanyl. Not much is known about this analogue at this time.

4-anilino-NOT-phenethyl-4-piperadine (4-ANPP): is a precursor to make fentanyl and related opioids.

5-methoxy-N, N-dimethyltryptamine (5-me-DMT): is a psychedelic from the tryptamine class. It is found in a wide variety of plant species and only one species of psychoactive toad, the Colorado River toad.

Cocaine: is a potent central nervous system stimulant primarily used as a recreational drug.

Lidocaine: is a medicine used to numb tissue in a specific area. It is also used to treat ventricular tachycardia and to effect nerve blocks.

Methamphetamine: a potent central nervous system (CNS) stimulant that is used primarily as a recreational drug and less commonly as a treatment for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and obesity.

Diclazepam: also known as chlorodiazepam and 2′-chloro-diazepam is a benzodiazepine and a functional analogue of diazepam. It is currently not approved for use as a medicine, but rather sold as an unlisted substance. Efficacy and safety have not been tested in humans.

Noramidopyrine: analgesic, antipyretic and anti-inflammatory. A nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). In some countries, this medicine may only be approved for veterinary use.

Levamisole: sold under the trade name Ergamisol among others is a drug used to treat parasitic infections by worms. Specifically, it is used for ascaridiasis and hookworm infections.

Dipyrone (Metamizole): an uncontrolled, non-opioid pain reliever banned in the United States but sold over the counter in Mexico and used as a cutting agent. It causes blood toxicities. (Noramidopyrine is sometimes found in place of dipyrone, but they come from the same source.)

Noscapin: like morphine, noscapine comes directly from the opium poppy; however, he has no pain reliever. It is used as a cough suppressant and is being studied for certain anti-cancer properties. It is easily purchased online and used as a cutting agent.

Meconin: a degradation product / metabolite of noscapine.

Papaverine: is an opium alkaloid antispasmodic drug, used primarily in the treatment of visceral spasms, vasospasms (especially those involving the intestines, heart or brain) and occasionally in the treatment of erectile dysfunction.

Caffeine: a central nervous system (CNS) stimulant from the methylxanthine class. It is legal and unregulated in almost all parts of the world.

Acetaminophen: generic form of OTC available “Tylenol.” Commonly used as a binder or cutting agent in the manufacture of these pills.

Unidentified compound: no laboratory standards currently available to identify unknown compounds located in seized samples. Simply put, “no idea” what it is, does or how dangerous it is.


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