It only takes a few minutes of research on the internet to see the problem that this country is having with opiates is at epidemic proportions. Small communities all over the nation (but particularly in the Midwest) have been ravaged by addiction and the consequences that accompany such dependencies.
The scourge of opioids rages on, leaving a path of overdose victims in its dark wake. And fentanyl can be blamed for a lot of it. The following article acts as a resource for you about the effects of fentanyl on the body, how long it lasts in the system and what you should do if you or someone you love is struggling with an addiction.
What is Fentanyl?
Fentanyl is one of the strongest opiates ever created on the face of the Earth. Its only legitimate uses are for patients who are terminally ill and undergoing severe amounts of pain. The reason fentanyl is so dangerous is that a near-microscopic amount can be deadly. The drug is so strong that merely touching it could cause an overdose.
This is also one of the reasons that it’s so popular not only to users but for dealers…a small amount of fentanyl added into a batch of heroin can increase potency by astronomical amounts, and thus the potential for profit as well.
Where Does Fentanyl Come From?
Since legitimate fentanyl is relatively rare, prescriptions for it are not often given. Most of the fentanyl found on the streets today (or mixed in with drugs that later end up on the streets) is made in clandestine labs overseas. Users or drug makers will order batches of the substance in the mail. This is of course extremely illegal and teams are working in the mail system to prevent such packages from arriving. But they can’t catch them all. And the cheap prices that fentanyl can be found on the black market only ensure that the steady stream of the deadly substance will not be stopping anytime soon.
How Long Does Fentanyl Last in the System?
Trick question: that depends on what type of drug test you’re using. The most common method of testing for substances is the Urine Analysis (UA) test. Fentanyl is a fast-acting opiate and doesn’t stay in the system long: only about 1 to 3 days. Testing a strand of hair can be more effective at detecting opiates for longer, but the test is rare and expensive.
What Happens During an Opiate Overdose?
When taken in large amounts, opiates act as an extreme sedative. Respiratory failure occurs when consciousness is so diminished that the brain cannot even tell the lungs to continue breathing. An overdose victim loses consciousness, turns blue, and either goes into a coma or passes away. Until recently, heroin was often weak to increase profits for the drug dealers. And it would take a lot of a substance to overdose. But the addition of fentanyl into street drugs has increased overdose deaths by staggering numbers. The reason fentanyl is so dangerous it’s because mere grains of the drug can make big health problems.
What if Someone I Know is Struggling with an Addiction to Opiates?
If someone you know is struggling with opiates and need fentanyl detox, you are not alone and neither are they. But since dealing with street drugs can be such a risky venture now that fentanyl is involved, this former addict recommends that you suggest seeking help immediately. Addiction only gets worse with time so don’t wait. It could be a matter of life and death. We at Allure Detox are here to help with your opiate addiction.