When a doctor prescribes Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid pain-relieving drug, they do so only for patients diagnosed with very serious conditions and intense pain. Unfortunately, there is also Fentanyl that is found on the street as an illegal drug. The opioid crisis that began two decades ago grew worse when illicit Fentanyl made its appearance on the streets. It quickly became a popular drug to cut heroin for the sole purpose of creating a more potent product that was cheaper. As a result, today, most heroin addicts are also Fentanyl addicts.
Illicit Fentanyl is produced in China and Mexico, then smuggled in. It causes alarming rates of accidental overdose because it is 100 times more potent than morphine.
What Do the Officials Say about Illegal Fentanyl?
The Centers for Disease Control state that the opioid epidemic has killed more people due to Fentanyl laced heroin and other drugs. Beginning in 2013, Fentanyl was found to be in most heroin on the street. Additionally, the CDC states how Fentanyl contributed to the third wave of the opioid drug epidemic. The first wave started in the 1990s when prescription pain killers were overprescribed, leading to a rise in heroin addiction (2nd wave), followed by the arrival of Fentanyl (3rd wave).
The third wave of [opioid overdose] deaths began in 2013, with significant increases in overdose deaths involving synthetic opioids, particularly those involving illicitly manufactured Fentanyl. The market for illicitly manufactured Fentanyl continues to change. It can be found in combination with heroin, counterfeit pills, and cocaine. (CDC)
How to Identify Fentanyl Addiction?
People addicted to Fentanyl are most often already using other opioids such as heroin or prescription pain killers like Oxycontin, Percocet, Vicodin, and others. A person who is using Fentanyl will look tired and be groggy most of the time. Their pupils will be constricted, also called ‘pinned’ eyes. Fentanyl-addicted people will ‘nod’ off during conversations while smoking, watching tv, and even driving. These people do not look very good either. They may not shower regularly, clean their homes, wear the same clothes, or often wear dirty clothes.
People who are addicted to Fentanyl will go through extreme Fentanyl withdrawal symptoms, which are severe and include:
- Intense symptoms of Flu (sneezing, runny nose, fever, chills)
- Nausea and vomiting
- Stomach cramps
- Pain in joints and muscles
- Uncontrollable arm and leg movements (known as kicking)
Why Are Fentanyl Detox Symptoms Dangerous?
The greatest challenge of Fentanyl addiction is the withdrawal symptoms. Fentanyl addicts are in extreme physical discomfort when they run out of Fentanyl and become desperate to feel better. As a result, they have changed into full-time drug users. Their priorities in life are exclusively about getting and remaining high on Fentanyl. They do this because their bodies must use it all the time or go into Fentanyl withdrawal.
Fentanyl addicts require opioid replacement drugs to withstand the severity of the detox symptoms. Without medications, a person will give up and relapse. These people put their lives at risk when they only partly detox Fentanyl from their system.
Accidental overdose frequently occurs when a person only gets through one or two days of detox. Then, in their desperation to feel better, they will take too much Fentanyl and die.
What is the Best Treatment for Fentanyl Addiction?
The best treatment for Fentanyl addiction is to begin detox and continue to an inpatient evidence-based Fentanyl rehab program. Allure Detox provides buprenorphine, methadone, and in some cases of Fentanyl addiction, a Fentanyl taper once they are admitted. Allure Detox makes your health and wellbeing our only focus. We provide a comfortable detox environment where patients can rest and sleep until they are feeling physically well. Every patient is also provided a custom treatment plan for after detox.
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