Sacramento County has its hands full with Norco overdoses and deaths this week from Norco pills brought on the street. This is probably the best argument for not buying pills on the street, as these Norco pills look like what you get at the pharmacy, but they are not. They are laced with something that has put 28 people into an overdose with six of those people dying.
On Tuesday the Sacramento County Public Health Officials had reported 12 poisoning overdoses in the last 48 hours. Officials believe the Norco tablets are laced with fentanyl, which is a pain killer “estimated to be 80-times more potent than morphine and hundreds of times more potent than heroin,” reports the Brentwood Patch on March 30.
Because fentanyl is odorless, folks would have no idea that the pills contain this powerful narcotic drug. The Norco pill is a popular pain killer that contains hydrocodone and acetaminophen, which is just like the brand name drug Vicodin.
CNN News reports even the experts in drug addiction find this a scary outbreak of tainted street drugs, “It’s very scary,” Jon Daily, founder of the drug abuse center Recovery Happens. “I’ve never seen it in my career with any substance.”
Authorities believe that mislabeled, counterfeit “street drugs,” which are so much more potent than advertised, are out there on the streets in a batch. The people who were lucky enough to live through an Norco overdose report they “bought their drugs from strangers, and others got pills from friends and neighbors,” authorities said.
The hospitals in the area are working closely with the public health officials monitoring the overdose cases they are seeing from the street Norco pills. They are asked to report any confirmed or even suspected cases of opioid overdoses.
With 28 cases so far from the tainted pills, “Sacramento County Public Health Officer Dr. Olivia Kasirye told the Sacramento Bee on Friday, “It’s an emergency. From what we’re being told from poison control officials, this is a spike in number of incidents in a short period of time,” reports the Brentwood Patch today.
You never know what you are getting for sure when you buy pills off the street, even if they look identical to ones you are familiar with from a pharmacy. The drugs that have sent 28 to hospitals suffering from an overdose and killed six of those people are laced with something that is acting like poison to the users. The opioid pill abuse is an epidemic, according to the reports today. The video above describes what the FDA is doing to help battle the abuse of prescription pain killers.