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The Importance of Understanding the Dangers of ‘Gas Station Heroin’

Lately, there has been a surge in the usage of a perilous opioid-like substance known as “gas station heroin,” which is being linked to increased addiction rates and, in certain instances, fatalities. This substance, scientifically known as Tianeptine, can be easily obtained at gas stations or online. Without prior knowledge, it is extremely easy to develop an addiction to this commonly-found drug.

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What Is Gas Station Heroin?

To comprehend the dangers associated with gas station heroin, it is essential to gain a clear understanding of what Tianeptine is and why people are drawn to its recreational use. Originally marketed as a dietary supplement for weight loss and increased energy, Tianeptine has found its way onto the shelves of gas stations and online platforms. However, the accessibility of this substance should not be misconstrued as an endorsement of its safety or efficacy. The effects of Tianeptine mimic those of opioids, like heroin and morphine, and overuse can result in dangerous, and sometimes deadly, consequences.

Tianeptine is not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and while it has already been banned in several states, the product is not illegal. Due to this, manufacturers are allowed to distribute it commercially, making it readily available at gas stations and online.

What Are The Dangers of Gas Station Heroin?

Although it is often referred to as “gas station heroin,” Tianeptine is not heroin. Those who may already struggle with substance abuse may purchase this drug to legally, easily continue taking an opioid. Due to this, individuals who purchase and take tianeptine can find themselves quickly addicted. 

Tianeptine is already an extremely addictive drug, but when taken in high doses, it mirrors the effect of opioid abuse. As an opioid, withdrawal from this drug can be especially dangerous, even sometimes resulting in death. Withdrawal symptoms from Tianeptine can include severe stomach pain, along with fever, nausea, chills, vomiting, and diarrhea. This can be an incredibly painful period, so some individuals may choose to continue taking high doses of Tianeptine in order to not have any withdrawal symptoms at all, sometimes finding themselves trapped in a vicious cycle of escalating usage. For personalized, full-spectrum treatment, individuals struggling with tianeptine addiction should consider Phoenix House Florida’s drug abuse treatment center in Tampa.

Find Accessible and Comprehensive Substance Abuse Treatment with Phoenix House Florida

With more and more people having access to Tianeptine, it is crucial to understand the dangers of its usage. For individuals struggling with substance use, Phoenix House Florida offers a wide range of Tampa-based drug abuse treatment options to address the specific needs of individuals struggling with tianeptine addiction. 

Our dedicated team of experts understands the complexities of substance abuse and provides accessible, compassionate care tailored to each person’s unique needs.

If you or a loved one is struggling with substance abuse, get in contact with a counselor today. To schedule an appointment with the Phoenix House Florida, the leading substance abuse treatment center in Tampa please give us a call at (813) 957-9639 or request an appointment today.

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