The Drs: Dangerous Designer Drug
The Doctors reported about a designer drug, 15 times more powerful than heroin, that has been linked to several deadly overdoses across the country. The worst part is that it all begins with a prescription medication. Acetyl Fentanyl is a designer drug people are selling as a substitute for heroin. Emergency rooms and doctors are overwhelmed by the epidemic, with 50 people already having died from an overdose in Pennsylvania alone.
The Drs: Deadly Overdoses From Acetyl Fentanyl
Dr Travis Stork said the good news is that if you recognize it as a narcotic or opiate, you’re going to provide the same treatment to the patient. Dr Stork explained that giving someone the required treatment in the wrong situation can cause serious problems. In the case of Acetyl Fentanyl, doctors may not give enough, which confuses them. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) has actually warned doctors to look out for Acetyl Fentanyl overdoses.
Dr Drew Ordon explained that the loophole comes from the drug being labeled “not for human use.” Dr Jennifer Ashton said “one pill can drop a horse,” which makes you wonder why in the world someone would even want to try such a dangerous drug. If you ask me, it’s because of lack of education or knowledge of the serious risks. Dr Stork said, “Beware because this stuff is deadly.”
The Drs: False-Positive Drug Tests
The Doctors then moved on to talk about drug testing, reporting that it’s up 1200% since 1987. Now, schools, healthcare facilities, and even some fast food restaurants are using drug tests. Most commonly, drug tests involve screening urine for marijuana, cocaine, amphetamines, opiates, and PCP. What you may not know is that there are actually several everyday items that could trigger a false-positive on a drug test.
The Drs: Surprising Causes Of False-Positive Drug Tests
The Doctors were joined by Dr Eileen DiFrancesco, a psychopharmacologist, who shared that even something as simple as a cough suppressant can trigger a false-positive drug test. Cough suppressants contain one of three ingredients that could make it seem as if you’ve been using PCP. In higher doses, it can even show up as an opiate, which would obviously look really bad on you. The two ingredients you should avoid in cough suppressants are pseudoephedrine and ephedra.
Diet pills could also trigger a false-positive result if the ones you’re taking ones contain Phenylpropanolamine. Some older diet pills also contain Ephedra. Lastly, Ibuprofen can cause a false-positive as well, making it seem as if you’ve been using marijuana. It’s thought to occur in those who chronically take Ibuprofen.
Have you or someone you know ever falsely tested positive on a drug test?