30 M Pills: The New Face of the Crisis

in Addiction
Published Dec 20, 2019
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Throughout 2019 there were numerous reports about “30 M pills.” For the past few years, news sources along the East Coast have been reporting that fentanyl, the dangerous synthetic opioid responsible for thousands of deaths each year, has been showing up disguised as 30 oxycodone pills, containing the hallmark 30 M.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration issued a special report when they confiscated 20,000 30 M pills — with a street value of more than $600,000 — in February 2019. 

Similar stories focusing on the West Coast have warned against the dangers of 30 M pills, also referred to as “M 30 pills” or “Mexican oxy.” Those purchasing the drugs assume that they are purchasing oxycodone but instead are taking a lethal dose of fentanyl.

The dangers of Fentanyl

Fentanyl is 50 times more powerful than heroin and 100 times more powerful than morphine. It is also easy to produce, costing a fraction of many other drugs. The relative availability of the drug makes it easy for dealers to cut it with other narcotics, or to disguise it as other drugs, which is what has happened in the case of the 30 M pills. 

Once a narcotic used to manage chronic pain, especially after surgery, fentanyl has found a new life on the streets. And the result is as astonishing as it is tragic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported not only that fentanyl use is on the rise, but also that it is responsible for an increasing number of overdoses, as is the case with 30 M pills. The National Institutes of Health have called fentanyl “an emerging problem to face,” and like the CDC, warn of the dangers of overdose. As of 2016, fentanyl surpassed prescription opioids to become the drug responsible for the most deaths by overdose in the United States.

Combating the opioid crisis

Tackling the opioid crisis requires a multifaceted approach that deals with prevention, proper medical intervention, and treatments that promote sustainable long-term recovery. 

At Gallus Medical Detox Centers, we pride ourselves on being a destination for addiction care. Our mission is to provide the highest-quality inpatient medical detox services and to be the best first step in overcoming substance use disorders. We are accredited by the Joint Commission, the nation’s largest standards-setting and accreditation body in healthcare, reflecting our clinical excellence. We are also a level III, medically monitored inpatient detoxification center, as outlined by the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM).

Our staff are board-certified physicians and highly qualified RNs with extensive critical care experience, including IV therapy with video and cardiac monitoring 24/7. We offer:

  • Alcohol detox treatment
  • Opioid detox treatment
  • Benzodiazepine detox treatment
  • Stimulant detox treatment
  • Polysubstance detox treatment
  • Other drug detox treatment (bath salts, barbiturates, THC, spice, kratom)

We also have the expertise to treat patients with acute substance use disorders and co-occurring mental health or chronic physical conditions. 

Our programs are designed to effect lasting change. Before leaving, you will work with a psychologist who will conduct a biopsychosocial evaluation that helps to identify the next steps in your recovery journey. We want to ensure your success in long-term recovery.

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