Earlier this year, reports revealed that a particularly dangerous opioid called fentanyl was responsible for a spike in overdose-related deaths in the United States. By 2016 alone, these fatalities increased from 11.4% (2015) to 21.5% at maximum. Even more disturbing, back in March, Emily Feinstein (executive vice president of the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse) explained that the situation was only getting worse. Overall, addiction is one of the most easily preventable diseases known to man, but human beings are simply not taking the appropriate measures to ensure it does not spread. Now, at the height of the Opioid Crisis, another threat has arisen in society: fentanyl-laced crack cocaine. Let’s take a closer look at this dangerous drug hybrid and see what threat it poses on society and human health.
A Closer Look
Before we dive into the situation, let’s take a look at the two drugs involved in this trend.
Overall, crack is the raw, crystal form of cocaine (which is typically sold as a white powder). Typically inhaled (after heating) or smoked, this deadly drug comes in the form of yellow, rosy, or white crystals and makes a unique “popping” or “cracking” noise when it is heated (hence the name). So what makes crack so dangerous? Having a purity level of 75 to 100%, this drug can reach the brain faster and produce more dangerous effects.
Fentanyl, on the other hand, falls into a class of powerful painkillers called opioids. Even more disturbing, this chemical is 80 to 100 times more powerful than morphine, another addictive substance in the same category.
Recently, researchers announced that fentanyl was found in batches of crack cocaine that resulted in 18 hospitalizations during a four-day period. Interestingly, Dr. Utsha Khatri (lead author of “Lethal Fentanyl and Cocaine Intoxication”) confirmed that none of the patients had meant to use opioids or fentanyl, but clinical examinations revealed dangerously high levels of these drugs in their systems.
So why did this happen? According to Emily Feinstein, drug cartels have wide access to fentanyl because this substance is relatively cheap. Likewise, the drug is highly addictive and can instigate a returning ring of customers.
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