FRANKFORT, Ky. (FOX 56) — On Thursday, Gov. Andy Beshear signed an emergency regulation that reclassifies products containing tianeptine — also known as “gas station heroin” — as a schedule I controlled substance.
Tianeptine is available in convenience stores and gas stations and often goes by the names ZaZa, Tianna, TD Red, or Pegasus.
According to the Food and Drug Administration, this substance has no medical use and can lead to many side effects including agitation, drowsiness, confusion, sweating, rapid heartbeat, high blood pressure, nausea, vomiting, slowed or stopped breathing, coma, and death.
The FDA suggests tianeptine has the potential for abuse, particularly in individuals who have a history of opioid use. It is for this reason that Beshear has taken the initiative to get it off the shelves.
“Today, Kentucky became a safer place,” said Beshear. “Until now, someone looking for a heroin-like high could walk into certain places or buy this harmful product online. We’re committed to protecting Kentuckians from this kind of harm, and if someone is struggling with abuse, we’re here to help.”
Kentucky’s addiction and recovery resources include FindHelpNowKY, the KY Help Call Center at (833-8KY-HELP), and the Kentucky Opioid Response Effort.