The opioid epidemic sparked a national debate on drug use within the United States, and people are becoming concerned now more than ever which drug could be next in line to take more lives and cause even more harm. Prescription medications have certainly taken their toll on not only the individuals they are prescribed to, but on friends and family who have obtained them for free; drugs used recreationally have just as high of a risk – if not more – of deadly effects when purchased off the street, as users do not know how the drug was created and what it was mixed with. Fentanyl is an opioid that is becoming more pervasive as street drug producers are mixing it in a variety of drugs.
The drug is a white powder that is 100 times more potent than morphine and 50 times more potent than heroin, and even a very small amount can cause a severe or even deadly reaction. When taken, the drug may produce effects such as relaxation, euphoria, drowsiness, confusion, vomiting, and more. However, because it’s so powerful, it is extremely dangerous, especially when taking drugs from off the street.
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) states that it has posed as a public safety risk, as it can “be inhaled or absorbed through the skin/mucus membranes to result in severe adverse reactions”. Why might this deadly drug be laced in other street drugs?
As stated on WBUR, the DEA believes that most of these drugs being laced are a direct result of faulty packaging – an unintentional action. Boston Medical Center epidemiologist Traci Green stated,
“It’s more of a contamination model rather than one that is malicious or purposeful.”
The National Public Radio (NPR) has announced that the number of deaths regarding cocaine and fentanyl laced together has increased by 420% within the past three years, making this another urgent concern. What can you do to ensure your safety when it comes to laced drugs? It’s simple – seek treatment and stop taking them. This is the only 100% sure way to know that you will not accidentally consume this deadly drug. If you’ve been struggling with substance abuse, seek the help you need today. Your life is worth it.
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