The new IBC B-12 drag reduction fluid additive increases, or “boosts”, the performance of common friction reducers. B-12 increases the hydration rate and maintains or improves drag reduction properties in complex make-up water chemistries. With B-12, the hydration rate and maximum drag reduction of a basic freshwater FR is boosted to over 70% in high brine waters. Fluids treated with B-12 outperform a fluid with twice the treatment rate of FR alone.