Many don’t know this, but Fentanyl may be the most dangerous opioid on the market right now. This is due in part to the ease in which users can gain access to it. Used illegally, it is combined with other addictive drugs like heroin or cocaine in an attempt to increase the euphoric effect for the user. Sadly, most users don’t even really that their drug-concoctions are filled with highly addictive substances like Fentanyl.
What Is Fentanyl?
The CDC classifies fentanyl as a synthetic pain reliever. It’s used in medical settings to treat the severe pain that can occur after major surgery. Fentanyl can also be used to treat patients who have become tolerant to other opioids, meaning that they no longer feel the physical pain relief from other, weaker opioids. This is among the many reasons why fentanyl is dangerous for people who have abused other opioids in the past. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, most fentanyl overdoses are not caused by this prescription form of fentanyl, but rather the illegally produced fentanyl that can be mixed with other illegal drugs.
Why Is Fentanyl So Dangerous?
Fentanyl is so incredibly dangerous and has been linked to so many overdose-related deaths, for a few reasons. First and foremost, fentanyl is a highly potent painkiller. The NIH reports that fentanyl can be 50 to 100 times stronger than morphine, an already incredibly potent drug. This strength produces an effect that is very dangerous for the body to become tolerant of. If any drug is repeatedly taken, the body will eventually become tolerant of it, a tolerance that leads to one of the next dangers of fentanyl. This tolerance makes it so that the body needs more fentanyl to achieve the same high. By increasing the amount of fentanyl, you also increase the danger of an overdose. Fentanyl is a respiratory depressant, and when taken in too high of quantities it can cause the user to stop breathing. The CDC reports that in 2018 roughly 31,000 people died due to synthetic opioids like fentanyl, with that number seeing rising trends every year. What’s even more dangerous about fentanyl is that because it is illegally produced, or extracted from prescription patches, it is difficult to know how much you’re taking which vastly increases the likelihood of having an overdose.
Permanent Damage Caused By Fentanyl
Even if you manage to not succumb to the all too common overdose when taking fentanyl, the drug can still have nasty long-term effects. These effects include long-term respiratory damage, as well as mood instability, and menstrual problems, as reported by the ADF. This respiratory damage is particularly insidious as it can make you more susceptible to dying from respiratory infections like COVID-19.
What Should I Do If I’m Addicted To Fentanyl?
The best thing you can do is look for treatment before withdrawal symptoms set in. Fentanyl withdrawal, because of its highly potent nature, can feel especially intense so make sure you have someone near you who can help you fight those feelings of withdrawal. If you think you have overdosed on fentanyl, call 911 immediately, they will administer Naloxone or Narcan, both of which are highly effective and reversing the symptoms of an overdose. In the long run, Suboxone treatment, as offered by Fritz Clinic, is the healthiest, and most effective option to beat this dangerous addiction.
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