Understanding the Dangers of Fentanyl – And Knowing Where to Get Help

Fentanyl overdose deaths recently surpassed other drugs causing overdose deaths in the U.S. The number of people abusing fentanyl, taken either alone, or with other substances, continues to increase.

Treatment centers in Orange County offer a variety of drug treatment services in a safe, non-judgmental environment, giving individuals that abuse fentanyl and other drugs an opportunity to start a new life, free of addictive substances.

Fentanyl dangers

Several sources reveal that fentanyl is more than 80 to 100 percent stronger than morphine. Originally used as a prescription to treat people with severe pain, such as pain from cancer, fentanyl is now made and sold illegally, rapidly increasing the number of individuals with access to the drug.

Fentanyl is a drug that results in many overdose deaths. The National Institute on Drug Abuse reveals that in 2017, nearly 60 percent of all opioid-related deaths involved fentanyl, compared to 2010, when just over 14 percent of opioid-related deaths involved fentanyl.

The number of people using fentanyl along with other drugs is increasing, further increasing the risk of addiction, overdose and death. An article published in the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment indicates that among 100 specimens collected from users at substance abuse treatment intake, 90 percent of those testing positive for fentanyl also tested positive for heroin.

Many people that abuse fentanyl also abuse cocaine, and it is becoming more common. A WebMD article quotes Dr. Holly Hedegaard, medical epidemiologist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Center for Health Statistics, who reports that many of the deaths related to cocaine also involve fentanyl.

Fentanyl affects different people differently

Professionals that help individuals experiencing abuse and addiction from fentanyl or other drugs understand that fentanyl affects each person differently, and that there are several factors that determine how the drug affects one person, compared to how it affects another individual.

Your income level, race, or other demographics have no bearing on how fentanyl potentially affects you, or your risk of accidental overdose and death. Some sources use the example of fentanyl being a potential factor in the overdose-related death of famous singer and entertainer Prince.

Treatment centers in Orange County provide comprehensive treatment

Treatment centers in Orange County that provides treatment for drug and alcohol abuse and addiction understand that people sometimes graduate from using one drug to using another, and subsequently use multiple substances at times.

Yellowstone Recovery offers you the opportunity to start your recovery today and find peace and solace without fentanyl and other drugs in your life. Clients receive recovery and support services at the lowest rehab cost in Southern California, and individualized care in an environment that respects your privacy.

Start your recovery from fentanyl and other drugs today.

Sources

https://www.dea.gov/factsheets/fentanyl

https://www.drugabuse.gov/related-topics/trends-statistics/infographics/fentanyl-other-synthetic-opioids-drug-overdose-deaths

https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/fentanyl

https://www.journalofsubstanceabusetreatment.com/article/S0740-5472(18)30371-4/abstract

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/308156.php

https://www.webmd.com/mental-health/addiction/news/20181212/fentanyl-now-the-no-1-opioid-od-killer#1

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