By now, most everyone has heard about the growing numbers of accidental overdoses that occur in record numbers every day because of Fentanyl. This drug is more potent than heroin and is 100 times stronger than morphine. Tiny specs of Fentanyl can easily cause a person to stop breathing and die. The CDC reports that drug overdose deaths reached a record high of 93,331 in 2020, with Fentanyl being the main reason. Medically, the drug Fentanyl is reserved for severe pain. However, it has made its way to the streets because of its potency, and dealers like it because only minuscule amounts are needed to increase their product’s effects.
Why are Drugs Laced with Fentanyl?
Since Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid, it can be made entirely of chemicals, and it does not take up space. Therefore, it is being added to so many street drugs because the drug dealers have figured out that if they get their customers hooked on Fentanyl-laced cocaine, they will be back more often. In addition, Fentanyl causes physical addiction, and that means once someone is addicted, they will need to use it every day to prevent withdrawal symptoms. The most common drugs laced with Fentanyl include:
- Illegal (Fake) Prescription Pain Killers
- Ecstasy, Molly, GHB, Ketamine
- Marijuana, Spice
How To Help Someone Addicted to Fentanyl?
Fentanyl is a potent opioid, and addiction to it will be similar to heroin and other opioids. This means the person will experience withdrawals if they don’t use it often. Addiction to Fentanyl requires medical intervention in the form of opioid replacement drugs known as MAT. To help someone get off of Fentanyl, they must be taken to medically supervised Fentanyl detox immediately. Attempting to quit without medications is dangerous and won’t work.
Fentanyl withdrawal symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, sweating and chills, fever, increased blood pressure, insomnia, muscle spasms, body aches, and desperation to use more Fentanyl.
What Does the Government Do About Fentanyl?
The DEA has recently refocused on how they are battling the Fentanyl drug crisis. They report a shift in priorities to help reduce the importation of Fentanyl from China and Mexico.
According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, just two milligrams of Fentanyl can be lethal. [Which is a pen-dot size on a U.S. penny]. Federal law enforcement agencies are shifting their focus. They now focus on lower-level criminals (street dealers) who can control drugs’ price and flow into communities. And law enforcement is treating overdose deaths like crime scenes by collecting evidence to identify the source of the drugs that caused the overdose. (DEA)
What Is The Reason For Fentanyl Recovery's Difficulty?
People who get addicted to Fentanyl always want to be free of this addiction. It requires them to have the drug every day, making them commit crimes and get arrested. However, the brain adapts to the presence of opioids and makes them desire it even after they have quit for many months. The brain takes time to reset, and addicts will return to using if they are not provided treatment and medications to help them remain drug-free. MATs for Fentanyl addiction are Suboxone and methadone. Long-term opioid addicts do recover with the help of MAT.
How to Begin Fentanyl Detox Today?
Anyone experiencing Fentanyl withdrawal symptoms must be admitted to a medically supervised detox as soon as the symptoms start. Even more promising is to be admitted before the detox symptoms start so the doctors can better prepare the patient and prevent relapse or a change of mind. We provide same-day admission to opioid Fentanyl detox. Do not try to beat Fentanyl addiction alone; it is rare to make it, and why suffer when safe medications provided at a Fentanyl detox will make you feel better fast.
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