Recently, the spread of synthetic opioids like fentanyl has been comparable to a wildfire during the hot Texas summer. Luckily, fires are easily noticeable and we have heroic firefighters that work hard to stop these fires before they damage a significant amount of property or ruin many lives. Unfortunately, the similarities between substances like fentanyl and fires aren’t always as clear as we hope they’d be. A fire can easily damage tangible property and take one’s life in the blink of an eye, but fentanyl can produce the same end results. Working in the field of substance abuse treatment, it isn’t uncommon to hear about someone overdosing on heroin. Contrary to popular belief, it doesn’t require a very large dose of heroin to overdose which can easily lead to possible fatality.
Even more alarming, fentanyl is approximately 10 times as potent as heroin and 50 to 100 times as potent as most opioids. The picture below gives you a pretty clear understanding of just how little heroin can kill the average person, now look at the amount of fentanyl, it’s a microscopic fraction in comparison.
Drug dealers are using this synthetic fentanyl in their heroin to increase the potency, which in return means more repeat customers. Mind you, we assume that a majority of the people supplying this substance are not using precise measurement tools when concocting their product. Take another look at the picture above, how easy do you think it might be to mix in just enough fentanyl to have a lethal dose? Personally, I don’t believe it would be too difficult to mix in just a bit too much fentanyl and take someone’s life.
Addiction is a disease which takes on many shapes and sizes. Along with drugs, there are many other addictions, including but not limited to shopping, eating, and even getting a daily dosage of adrenaline rush, and all of them can be fatal, but not as quickly as one little dose of fentanyl. According to the Center for Disease Control(CDC), the death rates attributed to the misuse of synthetic opioids like fentanyl increased by over 72% from 2014 to 2015. Even for a professional, it can be difficult to spot the physical difference between heroin and fentanyl, so the chance of overdosing is extremely high.
Quitting is not easy and we understand that sometimes it can feel like you’re facing an uphill battle and the world is against you. Just know, help is available and the Connection 2 Recovery team is here to help point you and your family in the right direction.
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