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The Danger of Fentanyl

Fentanyl addiction

As if heroin was not dangerous enough, reports from the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre in Sydney speak of the dangerous rise of the use of Fentanyl and the further danger of heroin that has been cut with Fentanyl. The death of the musician Prince put the name of this drug into the public imagination. But a general and highly dangerous trend of using the drug for recreational purposes is already widespread.

Fentanyl is a powerful opioid. It is 50 to 100 times more potent that morphine. It is a synthetic drug primarily used for the treatment of chronic pain. This opioid is used most often for treating cancer patients and other types of illnesses in which the pain is both extreme. Importantly, the danger of the disease far outweighs the danger of the drug.

Fentanil suppresses the nervous system and slows down respiratory function. This is what leads to fatal miscalculations with the drug even on the part of doctors. For those who abuse the drug for recreational purposes, this danger is far more acute. Since Fentanyl is so powerful, even the slightest miscalculation in administering the drug is fatal.

The NDARC reported a marked rise in overdose deaths from the use of Fentanil throughout Australia. These were overdoses from prescribed medications. Many of the deaths were in patients 80 or over, however there was a substantial increase in deadly overdoses in patients in their 40s. The NDARC further reports that there has been a five-fold increase in prescriptions for Fentanyl in recent years.

Possibly more dangerous is the ways that dug users are mixing Fentanyl with other drugs. Reports from around Australia have increased linking overdose deaths to heroin laced with Fentanyl. The NDARC has not made a conclusive determination regarding these deaths. However, they also made it clear that nearly all of these overdose cases were identical to cases in the United States which has seen a drastic increase in overdoses from heroin that has been mixed with Fentanyl. What is more, the surge in overdose deaths in Australia appears in every way identical to the problem in the U.S.

The case of Prince should stand out as emblematic of the dangers of Fentanyl. This drug is primarily used to manage pain in terminal patients. That is to say that the drug’s main purpose is to alleviate the pain of people who are going to die. That Prince succumbed to this dangerous and powerful drug should stand as warning. For those who are dealing with a heroin addiction or cocaine addiction, there is a real danger of encountering drugs that have been tainted with Fentanyl. The consequences can be fatal. When we see the deadly danger of Fentanyl under the supervision of a trained physician, we should be deeply concerned about the uncontrolled and unregulated use of this drug. Heroin addiction is treatable. There are advanced and medically proven treatments for heroin addiction.

DARA Drug and Alcohol Rehab in Thailand has a full program of treatment and recovery for heroin and Fentanil addictions. With the added danger of Fentanyl in widespread use, lives depend on seeking treatment.

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