If you have been keeping up with news about the opioid crisis recently, then you are fully aware of the dangerous opioid called fentanyl. Ironically, though, the original purpose of this drug was far from malicious. In fact, doctors will frequently prescribe fentanyl patches to patients who are suffering from chronic pain to help them cope throughout the day. Unfortunately, though, the power of this drug is also its most destructive quality. Fentanyl is 100 times more powerful than morphine and can induce an overdose that can be fatal (as seen with the recent deaths of Prince and Tom Petty). Education is the key to using any drug within safe limits, but even the smartest person can make a deadly slip. Let’s take a closer look at how fentanyl patches can be deadly.
Strong Chance of Abuse
Dr. Bruce Goldberger (member of the University of Florida College of Medicine) explains how the patch was designed for extended release in a 72-hour period. If this opioid is used in greater quantities or in a manner that was not initially part of its design, the user can die.
So, how do you abuse something that is manufactured as a patch? Simply put, the abusers will extract the painkiller medication from the patch and consume it via eating, smoking, or injecting. Some people will go so far as to take leftover patches from the trash and use them or apply multiple patches in the same sitting. Most often, abusers and addicts will use prescriptions, but fentanyl can be purchased on the street.
Death Is Imminent
As we have seen in two celebrity death cases, a large amount of fentanyl can slow down breathing, trigger a coma, and eventually kill the victim. Due to its terrifying potency, doses of this painkiller can easily be miscalculated by a desperate addict. The good news is that the effects of a fentanyl overdose can be counteracted by naloxone (the only known antidote to this situation).
Seeking Treatment for Fentanyl Addiction
Always remember that drugs do not have control over your life. You do. Are you suffering from a substance use disorder or a severe form of addiction? Do you have a friend or family member suffering from one or more of these debilitating illnesses? If you do, get in touch with Asana Recovery today. Our counselors and healthcare experts are ready to walk you through every step of the detox and withdrawal process and rehabilitation and guide you towards living a happier, healthier, and freer lifestyle. While the road to recovery might not be an easy road to travel, we promise to help you every step of the way. Take the first step to stay fit, healthy, and safe.
The time for you to take back control of your life is now. If you are interested in one of our residential treatment or supervised detoxification/withdrawal programs, we are ready and waiting to speak with you at your disclosure. Call Asana now at (949) 438-4504 to learn how to overcome your drug abuse or addiction troubles today.