One of the scariest aspects of opioid abuse and addiction is not necessarily the sickness itself but the place where the sickness can take victims. After consuming opioids for an extended period of time, patients will no longer experience relief and euphoria from their prescriptions and will (in many cases) turn to hardcore street materials to get the desired effect. In many incidences in the news, you have probably read about how fentanyl is killing people inside and outside legal circles. However, news from Ohio (one of the epicenters of the Opioid Crisis) has confirmed that state drug dealers are dying after coming into contact with a variety of fentanyl called carfentanil, possibly one of the most toxic opioids on the market. Let’s take a closer look at this story and find out some more information.
An Old Enemy Resurfaces
According to a report from the Associated Press, Dr. Thomas Gilson (Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner) confirmed that the deadly opioid carfentanil (often used as an animal tranquilizer) is back on the illegal market and is once again triggering fatal overdoses. As seen in multiple cases, even the smallest drop of this opioid can kill a full grown, healthy human being. News reports indicated that 58 Ohioans living in Cuyahoga Country died in January 2019, one of the largest numbers ever confirmed.
In the Cleveland area, police have been seizing larger quantities of this dangerous drug. Dr. Gilson has expressed great concern over the reemergence of carfentanil and issued a public health warning to ensure users of legal and illegal drugs are aware of its presence.
Outpacing Its Cousins
So, just how powerful is carfentanil? Medical records indicate the tranquilizer is 100 times stronger than fentanyl (consider the most dangerous drug in our country) and is a staggering 10,000 times stronger than morphine. What makes carfentanil even more dangerous is that police and medical professionals have a hard time detecting it, and the drug is usually manufactured as prescription pills. Overall, this new incident does not spell a promising few months for Ohio, which currently holds the record for most opioid deaths in the United States.
Seeking Treatment for Opioid Addiction
Opioids are extremely potent and dangerous drugs that have a high risk for abuse and addiction and can be particularly dangerous for both adults and teens alike. However, in the case of drugs like carfentanil and fentanyl, the risks can reach deadly new heights. Given the potency of these opioids, people can easily drop dead after inhaling a small portion of these powders. Needless to say, the Opioid Crisis will only continue to blossom if these drugs keep spreading.
Are you suffering from a severe case of opioid addiction? Do you have a friend or a family member who is coping with one of these issues, as well? On both accounts, get in touch with Asana Recovery today. Our professional team of counselors and healthcare experts will help you endure the painful process of withdrawal and detox and guide you along the rocky road of rehabilitation. Soon enough, you will experience a faster and much more efficient recovery.
If you want to find out more about our residential treatment or supervised detoxification/withdrawal programs or enroll in one of these programs today, we are ready and waiting to speak with you at your leisure and your disclosure. Call Asana now at (949) 438-4504 to learn how you can overcome your mental illness and take an extra step towards breaking away from opioid addiction.