What is Amanita And Why Is It In Your Gas Stations??

Written by: Officer Jermaine Galloway

August 23, 2023

A little over six months ago, during a ‘Tall Cop environmental scan’, I noticed something emerging on store shelves.  The drug is called Amanita Muscaria, which is being sold and marketed as a legal form of mushroom.  Basically, this drug works similar to Psilocybin mushrooms in high doses but is not flagged in drug tests or field test kits. Amanita is sold as an alternative to avoid state laws and may be unknown to the common professional.  Amanita has also been coined as the “Delta 8 of the hallucinogen world”.  Read more about Delta 8

Amanita Muscaria (aka fly agaric) is native to regions of the world, including the Northern Hemisphere, and has been around for a few centuries. This form of mushroom can be poisonous, and has been used in ceremonies for centuries….

The Increasing Trend of Phenibut

Written by: Jermaine Galloway, May 8, 2023

What is Phenibut and where does it come from? Phenibut is a non-FDA approved, powerful synthetic depressant that is not new to our streets across the US. Most states have no regulations on Phenibut and many labs don’t test for it. For those who have attended my classes, I have trained on Phenibut for years. In recent years, I have begun to see Phenibut in many more over-the-counter stores. I believe the increase of Phenibut is due to many factors that impact this street level drug.

Is the Term 420 Still A Thing?

Written by: Officer Jermaine Galloway

The quick answer may be “not really”.  Now to clarify, let’s highlight what 420 means, how it is associated with today’s cannabis climate, and most importantly, what you all can expect to see at the street, school and community level.

420, four twenty, and 4-20 are all known as the “National Stoner Holiday” or the universal time and day to get high.  This is the special day for cannabis users and is highlighted through popular culture.  You will hear terms, or phrases, such as “419, got a minute?” or “421, I’m running late”. 



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.