Deadly blue ‘Mexican oxy’ pills take toll on US Southwest -AP

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Aaron Francisco Chavez swallowed at least one of the sky blue pills at a Halloween party before falling asleep forever. He became yet another victim killed by a flood of illicit fentanyl smuggled from Mexico by the Sinaloa cartel into the Southwest — a profitable new business for the drug gang that has made the synthetic opioid responsible for the most fatal overdoses in the U.S.

Three others at the party in Tucson also took the pills nicknamed “Mexican oxy.” They were saved after party-goers flagged down police who administered naloxone overdose reversal medication. The treatment came too late for the 19-year-old Chavez.800

The pills vary widely in strength, from a tiny amount to enough to cause lethal overdoses. Law enforcement officials say they have become a lucrative new product for the cartel, despite the conviction this week of Sinaloa kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman Loera in New York.

The four Tucson partiers thought they were taking oxycodone, a much less powerful opioid, investigators believe. The death of Chavez and many others, officials said, illustrate how Arizona and other southwestern states bordering Mexico have become a hot spot in the nation’s fentanyl crisis. Fentanyl deaths tripled in Arizona from 2015 through 2017.

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2 thoughts on “Deadly blue ‘Mexican oxy’ pills take toll on US Southwest -AP

  1. Fentanyl is a cold blooded killer that has taken over our country that is here to stay. Heroin users prefer this laced dope because its stronger than the cut up smack the are used too. Fear of withdrawal motivates much more than the fear of death. In fact when the word of a recent overdose hits the streets everyone will seek out that dealer or product over all others. Now we are starting to see many of our street drugs being cut with fentanyl. Kids are dying from laced Xanax coke molly ect. Wake up nation its time to test everything for fentanyl that comes from someone else besides a doctor. Tests right now are hard to find except online. Right now these tests are hard to find and only online. I am looking to get an inexpensive over the counter product out soon. Shoot me a message if you need some help. Parents please keep in mind your kids will experiment and even come to love doing drugs. Educate your children about drugs and give them tests if they cant find. Parents supply your kids with tests like birth control
    and condoms.

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