Gas Station Heroin
Tianeptine is known as Zaza, Tianna, TN, Red, and Pegasus, but its most popular name is “gas station heroin.” Tianeptine is not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
The FDA has warned consumers about tianeptine’s severe health risks and has taken further action to protect people from this dangerous substance. They issued warning letters to companies illegally selling and marketing tianeptine products as dietary supplements and sent out import alerts to help prevent it from entering our borders.
In the United States, poison control center cases involving tianeptine have increased from 11 total cases between 2000 and 2013 to 151 in 2020. People are turning to tianeptine as an opioid alternative and having difficulty stopping and experiencing withdrawal symptoms.
What Is Gas Station Heroin?
Dubbed ‘gas station heroin,’ tianeptine is sold over the counter at convenience stores and gas stations across the United States. This drug, known as Zaza, Tianna, TD, Red, and Pegasus, is sold as a dietary supplement but produces opioid-like effects and does not contain a single dietary ingredient to qualify as such.
Tianeptine Side Effects
The side effects from abusing or misusing tianeptine include:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Rapid heartbeat
- High blood pressure
- Slowed or stopped breathing
Kentucky Stops the Sale of Gas Station Heroin
On March 23, 2023, Gov. Andy Beshear signed an emergency regulation labeling all products containing tianeptine as a Schedule I controlled substance.
“Today, Kentucky became a safer place. Until now, someone looking for a heroin-like high could walk into certain places or buy this harmful product online. We’re committed to protecting Kentuckians from this kind of harm, and if someone is struggling with abuse, we’re here to help.” the governor said after he signed the regulation in Frankfort, Ky.
Tianeptine Addiction Treatment
According to medical journals, people with a history of opioid use disorder or dependence may be at an increased risk for abusing tianeptine. If you or a loved one is struggling with opioid addiction or tianeptine abuse, compassionate, evidence-based addiction treatment is available.
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