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Oxycodone is a semi-synthetic narcotic analgesic and historically has been a popular drug of abuse among the narcotic abusing population.

Oxycodone is synthesized from thebaine, a constituent of the poppy plant.

Oxycodone is abused orally or intravenously. The tablets are crushed and sniffed or dissolved in water and injected. Others heat a tablet that has been placed on a piece of foil then inhale the vapors.

Drugs that cause similar effects to Oxycodone include: Opium, codeine, heroin, methadone, hydrocodone, fentanyl, and morphine.

Oxycodone products are in Schedule II of the Controlled Substances Act.

Pill with imprint 30 M is Blue, Round and has been identified as Oxycodone Hydrochloride 30 mg. It is supplied by Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals. NOTE: Numerous instances of counterfeit “M30” oxycodone tablets have been located across the US, Mexico and the UK.

May 20, 2022 NDEWS Briefing:  Online mentions of M30

Context: This past weekend, the NDEWS Rapid Street Reporting team visited Seattle, WA and identified several mentions of a substance referred to as “M30”. Participants described “Blues” as fentanyl pills which can be torched and injected. Survey responses also highlighted the presence and danger of Blues in the Seattle community.

Coinciding Trends: Both Rapid Street Reporting participants and Reddit commenters describe M30 with slang terms that reference its blue color (“Blues”, “Blue 30s”, “Blue M30s”). Online and face-to-face mentions of M30 corroborate information about M30 pills. Both groups also describe M30 pills as originating from Mexico (and called “Mexis”) and suspect the pills contain fentanyl.

What are M30s? M30 refers to blue, 30mg oxycodone pills pressed with the M30 imprint. Currently, the term predominantly refers to counterfeit pills containing fentanyl, as alerted by the DEA in 2021.

National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators Federal Tax ID: 52-1660752 / DUNS Number: 073539913

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