Newsletter - New Trends and Emerging Threats - Houstonhttps://stopdrugshouston.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=New Trends and Emerging Threats - Houstonen-us2019-01-19T23:20:52.3172122-06:00Counterfeit "Oxys" Containing Dangerous Fentanylhttps://stopdrugshouston.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=New Trends and Emerging Threats - Houston&newsletterid=1608/16/2018 8:18:20 AM<font face="times">Police in Gulfport Mississippi have issued a warning to the public (May 7, 2018) about counterfeit Oxycodone tablets that look like regular &#8220;oxys&#8221; but are actually made of the dangerous synthetic opioid fentanyl. Analysis in a DEA lab revealed the pills contained no oxycodone at all.Counterfeit Pills Laced With Fentanyl Are Ravaging Communities Across North Americahttps://stopdrugshouston.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=New Trends and Emerging Threats - Houston&newsletterid=1545/25/2018 8:40:51 AM<font face="times">For more than a decade, counterfeit drugs with unreliable ingredients have caused patients suffering by not curing their illnesses. Now, counterfeit drugs with deadly ingredients threaten American lives with just one dose.Two deaths, 54 other cases of severe bleeding tied to fake weed in Illinoishttps://stopdrugshouston.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=New Trends and Emerging Threats - Houston&newsletterid=1514/2/2018 12:00:00 AM<div>Synthetic cannabinoids -- often called Spice, K2 or fake weed -- have been tied to 56 cases of severe bleeding, including two deaths, across Chicago and areas in central Illinois.</div><div><br></div><div>All of the cases required hospitalization related to coughing up blood, blood in the urine, bloody nose, bleeding gums and other symptoms. Nine of the cases tested positive for brodifacoum, or rat poison, according to a statement from the Illinois Department of Public Health on Monday.Vitamin K Dependent Coagulopathy Associated with Synthetic Cannabinoids (K2/Spice)https://stopdrugshouston.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=New Trends and Emerging Threats - Houston&newsletterid=1523/26/2018 12:00:00 AMThis is a follow-up to the IDPH memo sent March 23, 2018. IDPH has received reports of twoadditional cases of severe bleeding due to a Vitamin K-dependent coagulopathy for a total of six cases reported since March 10, 2018.Short Answers to Hard Questions About the Opiod Crisishttps://stopdrugshouston.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=New Trends and Emerging Threats - Houston&newsletterid=1302/5/2018 12:00:00 AM<div style=""><span style="font-family: times;">With the death toll from drugs rising faster than ever, you might feel that you could use a little catching up. For a quick refresher, and more on the practical effects of a formal declaration of an emergency, here are answers to 12 critical questions.</span></div><div style=""><span style="font-family: times;"><br></span></div><div style=""><span style="font-family: times;"><a href="https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/08/03/upshot/opioid-drug-overdose-epidemic.html">&lt;&lt;More&gt;&gt;</a></span></div>'America's deadliest drug' found on streets of Houstonhttps://stopdrugshouston.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=New Trends and Emerging Threats - Houston&newsletterid=1096/27/2017 12:00:00 AM<div><font face="times">What has been dubbed "America's deadliest drug" has been found on the streets of Houston, according to city leaders.</font></div><div><font face="times"><br></font></div><div><font face="times">Officials said Tuesday that officers recently found 80 grams of a substance that they thought was methamphetamine and sent it to a lab for testing. Those tests revealed that the substance that was found was actually a powerful opioid called carfentanil.News Update: Crime Lab Identifies Central Georgia Counterfeit Pillshttps://stopdrugshouston.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=New Trends and Emerging Threats - Houston&newsletterid=1076/14/2017 12:00:00 AM<div><font face="times">The Georgia Bureau of Investigation&#8217;s Crime Lab has identified counterfeit pills related to the reported overdoses in the Central Georgia area.</font></div><div><font face="times"><br></font></div><div><font face="times">Analysis has confirmed that the pills contain a mixture of two synthetic opioids, cyclopropyl fentanyl and U-47700. &nbsp;Cyclopropyl fentanyl is a fentanyl analogue that is chemically similar to fentanyl.2 dead, dozens hospitalized after mass overdose in Georgiahttps://stopdrugshouston.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=New Trends and Emerging Threats - Houston&newsletterid=1066/6/2017 12:00:00 AM<div><font face="times">HOUSTON COUNTY, Ga. - Two people have died and dozens more have been hospitalized in middle Georgia after overdosing on a street drug they believed to be Percocet, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.</font></div><div><font face="times">GBI spokeswoman Nelly Miles tells the Atlanta-Journal Constitution that reports are still coming in and the number of deaths could increase.</font></div><div><font face="times">Emergency workers responded in the last 48 hours to reports of overdoses in Centerville, Perry and Warner Robins, according to the GBI.Watch father tell son his mother died of heroin overdosehttps://stopdrugshouston.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=New Trends and Emerging Threats - Houston&newsletterid=8510/12/2016 12:00:00 AM<div><font face="times">YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - An Ohio man is sharing a very personal experience on social media that he hopes will help spread more awareness about drug addiction.</font></div><div><font face="times"><br></font></div><div><font face="times">Brenden Bickerstaff-Clark told his 8-year-old son on Monday that his mother died of a heroin overdose.</font></div><div><font face="times">"This was one of the hardest things I've ever had to do. My son has no mother because of heroin," Bickerstaff-Clark wrote.</font></div><div><font face="times"><br></font></div><div><font face="times">Bickerstaff-Clark, who is a recovering drug addict, is seen in the Facebook video, sitting outside on a table across from his son and a woman.</font></div><div><font face="times"><br></font></div><div><font face="times">"Your mommy died last night," Bickerstaff-Clark said.</font></div><div><font face="times"><br></font></div><div><font face="times">"What do you mean? My mom," the boy said.</font></div><div><font face="times"><br></font></div><div><font face="times">Bickerstaff-Clark's son started crying as the woman next to embraced him.Shatter/Marijuana Waxhttps://stopdrugshouston.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=New Trends and Emerging Threats - Houston&newsletterid=734/14/2016 12:00:00 AMMarijuana wax resembles honey or butter and goes by the street names: shatter, dabs, budder, and honey oil.&nbsp; The wax is a highly potent THC concentrate that is 10 to 20 times more potent than typical marijuana.Synthetic Cannabinoids Todayhttps://stopdrugshouston.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=New Trends and Emerging Threats - Houston&newsletterid=179/11/2015 12:00:00 AM<p>Synthetic cannabinoids are known to the general public by names such as &#8220;synthetic marijuana,&#8221; &#8220;fake pot,&#8221; and &#8220;fake weed.&#8221; This misnomer implies that synthetic cannabinoids are similar to marijuana, but nothing could be further from the truth. Although the green, leafy organic material containing synthetic cannabinoid chemicals may look similar to marijuana, this is where the likeness distinctly ends.