Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that doctors prescribe to treat excruciating pain in cancer patients or those with severe injuries. This is because fentanyl is 100 times more powerful than morphine! This seems good as long as you take fentanyl as per the prescription. So where’s the problem?
According to drug rehab specialists, the problem arises when:
- You use fentanyl illegally
- You continue to use fentanyl even after the prescription is over
- You use the street version of fentanyl
Scary figures of the CDC
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that more than 100,000 people died of overdoses between the period of May 2020 and April 2021. About two-thirds of these deaths were linked to fentanyl and other similar opioid overdoses.
This was the gruesome period of the Coronavirus pandemic. People lost their livelihoods. People lost their loved ones. Almost the whole of humankind was stressed, anxious, frightened, and confused. Nobody knew what would happen next.
No wonder people took to drugs during this period. Those who already were into drugs took more. They experimented. Many swirled into depression, which pushed them towards substances that promised to give them calmness, relaxation, and happiness – something that was not available in the real world during the pandemic period. Drugs gave them that.
According to New Mexico drug rehab center specialists, it was during this pandemic period that drug peddlers sold fentanyl-laced drugs like heroin and cocaine. Fentanyl is a cheap drug, available easily. And it is potent. So, it was easy for dealers to cut cocaine and heroin with fentanyl without users’ knowing.
People easily overdosed on such fentanyl-laced drugs. A large number of overdose deaths during the pandemic are linked to drugs that were found to contain fentanyl.
Post pandemic recovery
The world is recovering from the pandemic, in spite of the fact that newer strains of the Coronavirus continue to threaten humankind. However, addicts are still in their own world of drugs. It is not easy to come out of it once you enter it.
If you or anybody you know is into drugs and wants to get out of this murky world, please call for drug addiction help. Taking help is no sign of weakness nor is it a thing to be ashamed of.
Taking helps means you are being more responsible towards yourselves and your family. You want a better life and are ready to take that first step (of taking help).
The lethal dose of fentanyl
Experts have found that 2 milligrams of fentanyl are the lethal dose.
Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) conducted an analysis and found that counterfeit pills may contain 0.02 to 5.1 milligrams of fentanyl in them. The DEA had also tested several pills and found that over 40 percent of them contained a minimum of 2 milligrams of fentanyl.
Fentanyl treatment is available at your nearest rehabilitation center. So, do not think that once you are into this drug you cannot come out of it. Everything is possible in the Universe.