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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.


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.

Recovery Corner, an Averhealth Podcast

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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: https://www.tallcopsaysstop.com/

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.


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.  

Things to Know about Delta-8 Tetrahydrocannabinol – Delta-8 THC

Source: FDA.GOV 

Delta-8 tetrahydrocannabinol, also known as delta-8 THC, is a psychoactive substance found in the Cannabis sativa plant, of which marijuana and hemp are two varieties. Delta-8 THC is one of over 100 cannabinoids produced naturally by the cannabis plant but is not found in significant amounts in the cannabis plant. As a result, concentrated amounts of delta-8 THC are typically manufactured from hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD). 

It is important for consumers to be aware that delta-8 THC products have not been evaluated or approved by the FDA for safe use in any context. They may be marketed in ways that put the public health at risk and should especially be kept out of reach of children and pets. 

Here are 5 things you should know about delta-8 THC to keep you and those you care for safe from products that may pose serious health risks: 

Drug Use In Children: Pasadena ISD Administrators Learn The Signs

Galloway's presentation also included helpful tips that educators can use to identify individuals who are abusing drugs. 

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In an effort to better understand, recognize and ultimately prevent the usage of drugs in children, approximately 200 Pasadena ISD administrators including principals, assistant principals, counselors, police officers and nurses participated in a training by Tall Cop Says Stop

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