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Fake Xanax pill 50 times stronger than heroin kills nine people in three months in Florida

March 24, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Fake Xanax pill 50 times stronger than heroin kills nine people in three months in Florida

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Authorities are warning of a fake Xanax pill – which is 50 times more potent than heroin – that has taken nine lives in only three months in Florida.

The artificial drug, which is sold on the streets as the “Super Pill” for around $5, contains a deadly mix of Xanax and the powerful painkiller Fentanyl, which has been responsible for the fatal overdoses of nine individuals in Pinellas County so far in 2017.

As thousands of college students travel to Florida for their Spring Break, authorities have issued an emergency warning not to purchase Xanax on the street.

“People need to immediately stop buying Xanax on the street because their life depends on it,” Sheriff Bob Gualtieri told reporters at a press conference on Monday.

“You don’t have to take a handful. All you gotta do is take one, and you’re dead,” Gualtieri continued.

The lethal pills claimed their latest victim last weekend after a 25-year-old woman fatally overdosed in Dunedin, according to WFLA.

Authorities are desperately attempting to track down the dealer and manufacturer of the Super Pills, but no arrests have been made.

However, Sheriff Gualtieri has declared that anyone who is caught selling these fake Xanax pills to a victim of overdose will be charged with first-degree murder.

Possession of Xanax which remains illegal without a prescription and can result in up to five years behind bars, are frequently bought as a recreational drug.

These counterfeit pills are particularly dangerous as they look the same as the legitimate pills – and even carry the brand name Xanax stamped on them, according to Recovery.org.

The Super Pills contained the highly addictive painkiller Fentanyl, which is commonly prescribed to cancer patients with chronic pain, and are 100 times stronger than morphine and 50 times more potent than heroin. The pills can kill a person within minutes.

Authorities revealed that the Super Pills have already been detected in at least 21 states.

However, Florida has seen the fastest growing death toll, with three verified deaths and six others being investigated.

With the state being a popular tourist destination for Spring Breakers, police are determined to warn them against purchasing the pills.

“There’s no other way to put it… stop buying Xanax on the street because nine people are dead,” the detective continued.

Florida has also recently seen a surge in the number of overdoses from synthetic marijuana – which is also referred to as spice.

Police say they’ve gotten numerous calls from people who have had to be raced to the hospital in a “zombified state” because of its use, as professionals warned that the dangerous surge in overdoses could mean a bad batch of spice that’s being distributed.

A disturbing picture released by the Clearwater Police Department shows two people slumped over and one person lying on the floor, and it’s believed that they used Spice.

“The spike that we see is unprecedented,” Major Eric Gandy of the Clearwater Police Department said. “Looked like one of our zombie movies.”

He continued that he “had 15 people walking around in various states of incapacitation.”

Last Wednesday, authorities revealed that there were three overdoses in one day, as the calls for the usage of Spice are concentrated around Crest Lake Park where homeless people spend a lot of time.

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