Super Pill is a Huge Threat
A pill is being sold on the street that looks exactly like Xanax – the only difference is that just one of these pills is enough to kill a person in minutes. This drug, which has become known as the “Super Pill” and has the police and parents alike on high alert, contains lethal doses of Fentanyl, a pain medication. The Super Pill is 50 times stronger than heroin and 100 times stronger than morphine. Fentanyl is a highly addictive painkiller that is most commonly prescribed to cancer patients.
Police Warn Against Purchasing Street Drugs
Death in a tablet, spring break nightmare, these are just a few of the nicknames given to this new pill, which looks so much like Xanax that even authorities are having trouble telling the difference. For a person who purchases the counterfeit pill on the street, there is no way to tell.
According to police, the pill has been found in 21 states and is responsible for 9 deaths in Pinellas County, Florida this year. The deadly pill looks almost identical to the real pharmaceutical and even has the brand name Xanax stamped on it, making it even more difficult to discern real from fake.
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Authorities Search for Distributor
Where are these deadly pills coming from? This is the question that has authorities stumped and desperately looking for answers. They warn that people should immediately stop purchasing drugs on the street because their lives are at risk. This isn’t a situation where a person has to take a large amount and overdose – only one pill can kill a grown up almost instantly.
Police are trying to figure out if this is a case of a “bad batch” or if someone is intentionally putting these pills on the market with an intent to murder. Either way, the spike in deaths is alarming and the threat is out there to anyone purchasing drugs on the street.
It is illegal in the state of Florida to be in possession of Xanax pills without a prescription, with a hefty penalty of up to five years in jail. Despite this, the drug is commonly bought in the streets for as little as $3 to $5 a pill. Florida seems to be the hardest hit by the Super Pill, which sells on the street for about $5. Recently, the state has been battling a rise in overdose on Spice, a form of synthetic marijuana. Now, authorities are turning their attention to this new pill.
Undercover police and investigators have made a few arrests of people selling the pill, but still do not know who the main distributor is. Until the source is found, it is very important to the public to be educated and stay away from purchasing drugs on the street.