There is little debate on the deadly consequences related to heroin use, but there is a new drug in town that is taking the risk of overdose to a whole new level. Fentanyl has been found to be responsible for more than half of all recent overdose deaths involving heroin. The problem is the user often has no clue that there is Fentanyl in the mix of their drug of choice.
What is Fentanyl?
Fentanyl is an opioid class drug used as a potent painkiller for such conditions as cancer, surgical recovery, and for those that have a high tolerance to or find other painkillers ineffective. Although it considered an opiate like heroin, it can be made artificially without the use of poppy seeds. Although it has been around and used in hospital settings since the 1960’s, the rise in street use did not spike until recent years. 55 percent of all fatal overdoses of heroin had the addition of Fentanyl in the mixture in the year 2015.
Fentanyl and Potency
Fentanyl has tested to be 50 times as potent as heroin and 100 times as potent as morphine. Numbers like this make it a highly desired drug to market. It takes so little to get an incredible high that the profits are staggering. One kilo of Fentanyl can have a street value of over one million dollars, compared to approximately $200,000 for the same kilo package size of heroin. Fentanyl is in big demand on the illegal drug scene, at least by the sellers.
Rise in Accidental Overdose
2017 has shown a rise in overdose deaths throughout the country due to drugs that were mixed with or consisted solely of Fentanyl. One of the most significant problems with this drug is the ability to intake more than the body can handle without knowing it is too much. As little as 2 milligrams can cause a lethal overdose. Drug users love the tremendous high, but fail to realize that it can become deadly in a heartbeat. Ohio and Pennsylvania have been the hardest hit states in the past 12 months. Continuing research is attempting to find an accurate way for addicts to test the drugs before using to know the content and potency, but there is no method to date. All current testing is by laboratory method for best results.
The Deceptive Mixtures
Many of the overdose deaths have been heroin users that were utterly unaware that Fentanyl is in the mix. The addition of Fentanyl makes the heroin incredibly potent, but users are not aware that they may have gone over the safe tipping point by using the same amount as they would with heroin alone. The results are a quick death that is difficult, if not impossible to stop. Narcan does not work to rescue from Fentanyl as it does with heroin.
Availability of Fentanyl
Fentanyl is readily available on the illegal drug market any day of the week, all year long. Mixing Fentanyl with heroin, methamphetamine, and cocaine is easy. There are increasing amounts of Xanax and Oxycodone doses that are pure Fentanyl. The Fentanyl takeover has touched on much of the illegal drug trade. Much of the products have been coming up from Mexico, but it can be made quickly in home labs anywhere. Many dealers add Fentanyl to the products they sell to make them super potent and in high demand. All active drug users should be aware that the real possibilities of ingesting this dangerous drug are a present threat that will not go away anytime soon.
Ease of Producing Fentanyl
Creation of Fentanyl does not require any mad drug cooking skills. Fentanyl can be made almost anywhere for a reasonable price. Most major drug dealers have decided to jump on the deception wagon to make a few extra bucks and secure happy customers that prefer the intense high. Throwing apparent caution to the wind has left hundreds of people dead from an accidental overdose.
Rapid, Lethal Combination
A standard dopamine high causes a change in how the body receives pain signals. The relaxed, pain-free feeling is what attracts many people to the use of heroin. Fentanyl acts in a more insidious, deadly way. Fentanyl directly draws to the brain stem and muscles that control breathing in the chest. The quick action of this drug can render anyone unconscious and dead in a short amount of time.
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