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WARNING: Wollongong: “Xanax” Mylan-branded tablets contain fentanyl in circulation

Just a heads up. Large batches of counterfeit “Mylan” branded tablets (initially in (counterfeit) sealed bottles) claiming to contain 2mg of alprazolam (Xanax) are in circulation. Current testing tests positive for either fentanyl or an analogue of fentanyl (opiod painkiller.) Effects from one tablet included multiple days of sedation gastrointestinal pain, with an onset of effects 2-4 hours after oral ingestion. Tablets are circular and scored into four quarters, close to white or very slightly off-white

Reported to NSW Health and Wollongong Emergency.

Added 14/05/2024: This is essentially the same as “Kalma” branded tablets of alprazolam, especially in tri-scored rectangular tablets claiming to contain 2mg of alprazolam. Other benzodiazepines, sedatives, and sometimes opiates have been found to be the main component since at least 2020.

From NSW Health:

Health Warning: Sexual Health Checks being forged at adult venues in Wollongong

Without going into further detail at this point, sexual health checks and screening dating back to at least 2022 have been found to have been forged at at least two adult venues in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District. Currently it is unclear as to whether it was done independently by several workers or if their management/others were aware.

What is confirmed are the identities of several people whose details were used as the basis of the forgeries, the people using the forgeries to continue sex work, and of those performing them. Whether or not they were infected with anything is unknown; it is confirmed that at least one venue in the region accepted tests for possible exposures to blood-borne viruses (such as hepatitis, HIV) well before they would show up on even the most accurate of tests (example: a HIV test taken one day after possible exposure will not detect an infection; but a test taken one day after an exposure would still be accepted as negative for up to three months (by which time the infected person would be testing positive to PCR, Western Blot, and ELISA testing.))

Details to come. NSW Health has been contacted, confirmatory checks of the forgeries will be carried out and referred to law enforcement.

Extent of the forgeries was discovered less than 16 hours ago while matters of fraud were being investigated.