Neurontin, better known as Gabapentin, is an anticonvulsant/anti-seizure medication that some of us may already know a lot about, and others that may have never heard of it. There may be many of you who are reading this today that have been prescribed it, or know someone who has. Approved for both youth and adults, this drug (aka Gaby or Gabby on the street), is commonly prescribed for seizures, Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS), and shingles or diabetic nerve pain. It has also been used to treat alcohol withdrawals, sleep disorders, and other medical conditions.

What Is Xylazine and Why Is It Being Cut Into Heroin And Fentanyl?

What Is Xylazine and Why Is It Being Cut Into Heroin And Fentanyl?

Written by: The Tall Cop

October 2022

Xylazine is a veterinary medicine use to sedate animals.  This depressant is NOT a controlled substance and not FDA approved for human use.  When used in veterinary clinics, the drug is in a liquid form and is generally used before surgery or procedures. 

Recovery Corner, an Averhealth Podcast

Please listen to a recent podcast between Averhealth and the Tall Cop!  

In this episode, Jermaine Galloway and Jacquie Sheehey, Averhealth's Director of Marketing & Partnerships, discuss the state of drug trends at NADCP's RISE22 conference in Nashville, TN. Learn more about Galloway's impactful work educating the community and recovery professionals at:

What is Zaza?

ZaZa, Tia, or also known as Tianna is a drug called Tianeptine. Tianeptine is a drug that has continued to gain popularity across the United States. ZaZa is a synthetic drug that works like an opioid, and is federally legal. A handful of states have banned or scheduled this drug, the most recent state being Tennessee as of July 2022.  Many opioid seekers have shared that the withdrawal symptoms from ZaZa can be worse than, or as extreme as normal street level opioids including Heroin. Some will use Tianeptine to blunt opioid withdrawal symptoms, and as a way to self medicate. ZaZa is sold over the counter in many states and can be found in gas stations, smoke shops, and even as shockingly as a shopping mall on the east coast I visited.

What is Delta-8 THC, and Is It Legal?

  • Published: Updated: June 16, 20228:47 am
  • Author Traci Bishop

As a national trainer, Tall Cop Jermaine Galloway receives drug-related questions from across the country that range in topics from vapes to opioids and more. He stated that in 2021, the number one drug-related question that he fielded regarded Delta-8 THC.

Galloway explained that when generally referencing the common terms of THC, such as weed or cannabis, this is referring to Delta-9 THC. As he has been teaching, Delta-9 is what most know to be weed.

This begs the question: what is Delta-8? It is a compound from the cannabis plant in which many users report getting about half the high of traditional weed.

“Users also report that the high also doesn’t last nearly as long as Delta-9 THC,” said Galloway.


What Is Double Cup and Why Is It Still So Popular After All These Years?

Written by: The Tall Cop, Jermaine Galloway

A true, double cup reference is the stacking of two Styrofoam cups that contain Promethazine with Codeine then mixed with soda (commonly Sprite) and a jolly rancher.  The double cup is what is holding the product. The Promethazine with Codeine portion of the drink has many slang terms: drank, lean, purple stuff, sizzurp, and dirty sprite. 

Promethethazine is an antihistamine that is commonly prescribed by doctors for allergies, sleep disorders, skin itching etc.  Codeine is an opioid pain killer that is prescribed for pain, possibly caused from a surgical procedure, or even a cough. 


Written by: The Tall Cop, Officer Jermaine Galloway

March 14, 2022

In this month’s tall cop opinion piece, I wanted to provide a quick snap shot of what I am seeing during environmental scans in retails stores.

You may be asking, “What is the deal with Inhalers and why are some so popular?”  As we head into the warmer weather, some of you may be seeing more inhalers, whether it be in youth bedrooms, in the classroom, or on a traffic stop. In all actuality, inhalers have been popular for quite a few years and are items that can be purchased for low price points, or simply stolen.