The Surprise Inside: Adulterants of Recreational Drugs
Adulterants are substances that are added to drugs to increase their volume, increase their potency, or to mimic the effects of other drugs. The specific adulterants found in the recreational drug supply can vary depending on the geographic region; some common adulterants include: fentanyl, levamisole, diphenhydramine, quinine, talcum powder, and xylazine.
It is important to realize that the use of adulterants in the recreational drug supply is not regulate by the FDA which results in poor quality control. The xenobiotics used as adulterants can have serious health consequences. Users should be aware of the potential risks and take steps to reduce their risk of harm.
- Discuss the most common recreational drug adulterants
- Review adverse effects associated with common recreational drug adulterants
- Counsel patients on the potential risks associated with exposure to adulterants as a result of their use of non-prescribed substances
- 1.00 AANP
- 1.00 ACCME (All Other)
- 1.00 ACCME (MD/DO Only)
- 1.00 ACPE Pharmacy
- 1.00 ANCC
- 1.00 APA