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In the light of the recent increase in drug overdose cases reported in Yakima, the Yakima police have issued a warning to drug consumers about the possible purchase of bad drugs on the street. The major concern were drugs purchased on the Darknet which is usually dangerous.
Most of the overdose cases reported was about the dosing of drugs such as Xanax, heroin, and fentanyl. These are all Darknet drugs that find their way into the streets of Yakima.
In one of the hospitals, there was a significant increase in the number of drug overdose treated. The Drug Enforcement Administration, a department in charge of Eastern Washington and Idaho said to reporters that over 4 people died from the overdose of heroin and fentanyl alone.
The most recent overdose case reported in the area was on Sunday when two to three cases were reported. This made the police post a warning on their social media page about the selling of fake Xanax on the streets leading to the loss of lives.
In the Virginia Mason Memorial hospital, the emergency department manager, Kim Bersing admitted to the recent rise of drug overdose incident in his hospital. He attributed the overdose to the combination of drugs.
Most drug traffickers order the drugs separately from the Darknet and mix them before consuming it while others take them in their separate state without mixing them. There are few traffickers who buy the already mixed drugs from the Darknet.
The existence of the Darknet has made the fight of illegal drugs very difficult, and most of the deals that used to occur on the street have been carried to this anonymous online venue. The mission of authorities to get rid of the dangerous substance off Yakima has become even more difficult, and it looks like the overdose cases will continue to rise as far as there is a way drug dealers can deal safely.
The drug overdose death rate was very high in 2014, and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention announced this year as the worst year in drug overdose fatalities. The numbers continue to rise as more people are getting to know the hidden source of the drugs.
This particular batch that is hitting the streets from the Darkweb will continue to increase overdose cases unless it is eliminated completely. “Typically, it signifies a batch of something hitting the streets, and we will continue to see overdoses while people use the drugs until the batch is gone from the streets,” said Jeff Schneider, the Yakima police captain.
Chief medical officer for the memorial hospital, Marty Brueggemann also revealed that five people were admitted to the Memorial Hospital for a drug overdose.
It was reported that heroin and fentanyl are the most significant drugs that cause overdose related deaths. Out of the 26 deaths recorded in 2016, five were caused by heroin alone according to the Yakima County Coroner’s Office.
The Pacific Northwest University provost, chief academic officer, and opioid expert, Dr. Ed Bilsky is convinced that the rise in the price of the prescribed opioid is the main reason why people are turning to other sources including the Darkweb for a cheaper opioid.
The pills ordered from the Darknet do not look any different from the original one prescribed by the physicians. The Xanax which has filled the street from the Darknet looks like a regular Xanax tablet, but it takes different forms, colors, shapes, and markings.
The Darknet does not produce fake drugs always, however, Keith Prouse, director of the pharmacy for Astria Regional Medical Center and Astria Heart Institute believes that it is always dangerous to buy drugs from any other source including the Darknet marketplace other than the licensed pharmacist.
“Counterfeit drugs are oftentimes very difficult to identify from their true prescription counterparts, making consumers believe they are getting a great deal,” said Prouse. “This is illegal and very dangerous,” he added.
“The bottom line is an opioid addiction is the overall driver of deaths. People will use whatever opioid they can get. It’s just that which one they’re buying is changing a bit,” said principal research scientist at the UW Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute, Caleb Banta-Green.
The overdose that has hit the county has called for an advice and the need for everyone to throw away drugs ordered from whatever source including the Darkweb marketplace.
Brueggemann explained why it is risky to purchase or get drugs from any other source aside from the prescribed physician: “The risk with actual street drugs is you don’t know what you’re getting — nobody’s regulating that stuff, and you’re playing Russian roulette.” The new Drug Enforcement and Administration report made mention of Bitcoin and the Darknet trade as the armor that enables drug threats.