Originally designed to support cancer and surgical patients, fentanyl is now illegally made and distributed on the streets. In 2021, the synthetic opioid fentanyl is linked to more overdose-related deaths than any other drug. Contributing to the opioid crisis, fentanyl is extremely addictive and easily accessible.
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What Is Fentanyl?
Fentanyl is an opioid pain reliever. This opioid, unlike heroin and morphine, are synthetically made to be stronger and more potent. Approximately 50% stronger than heroin and 80-100% stronger than morphine, individuals who use Fentanyl are at extreme risk of addiction, even when following a doctor’s prescription.
Fentanyl can be found on the street as untagged pills and in absorption patches. According to the DEA, “Fentanyl produces effects such as relaxation, euphoria, pain relief, sedation, confusion, drowsiness, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, urinary retention, pupillary constriction, and respiratory depression.”
Fentanyl is addictive and, because of its potency, can easily cause an overdose.
Why Is Fentanyl So Dangerous?
Fentanyl’s strength makes it one of the most dangerous drugs on the street today. Already approximately 90% stronger than morphine, Fentanyl often doesn’t react to Narcan/Naloxone. This overdose reversal drug is not strong enough to counteract the overdose and individuals may need multiple doses or may not respond at all.
Fentanyl is deadly when mixed with other drugs. In fact, “speedballing” as little as 2 milligrams of fentanyl with cocaine is practically a death sentence.
What To Do if Someone You Know Is Using Fentanyl
If someone you know is using fentanyl, you should be concerned about their safety. Individuals addicted to opioids have a number of tells that you may be able to identify when trying to determine whether or not your loved one is using.
An individual addicted to fentanyl may experience lapses in time, judgment, and personal hygiene. You may notice significant changes to their weight, mood, and personality. Addiction to fentanyl can cause shifted priorities, a tolerance for the drug (needing more when using), and withdrawal symptoms when not high.
If you are noticing these signs and symptoms of drug abuse and you suspect they are using fentanyl, it is important to speak to your loved one about the dangers of fentanyl addiction and provide them with rehabilitation options.
Individuals addicted to fentanyl should go to a facility that can support them through both detox and inpatient treatment. Fentanyl withdrawal causes intense cravings and severe withdrawal symptoms. Being medically monitored through this process can ensure your loved one’s safety and health throughout the detox process. Similarly, a residential treatment center can provide structured support for your loved one in a safe and drug-free environment.
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Every client at Starbridge Recovery works with dedicated staff members to determine what are the best and most effective treatments available to support the development of healthy coping skills, self-management strategies, and a stable and reliable mental health support group.
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