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Fentanyl Wrought Havoc on 2016

Fentanyl and the Addiction Epidemic - The Bergand Group

There is an unquestionable addiction epidemic ravaging the United States at present, though this could refer to heroin, opioids, or both. Unfortunately, it extends to a more specific kind of opioid called fentanyl, which is “a cheap synthetic opioid up to 100 times more powerful than heroin.” This drug is doing unspeakable damage all across the country.

The Devastating Effects of Fentanyl

How is it possible that a drug with these kinds of statistics is said to have been “relatively unknown” to people until very recently? It’s difficult to imagine, considering the damage that fentanyl is doing and the amount of lives that it’s taking. Deaths alone (therefore not counting the wide scope of non-lethal damage done by this drug) rose “more than 70 percent from 2014 to 2015.” Now that we are in 2017, we can only hope that there will be actions taken to reduce the awful impacts and to heal those who are currently struggling with addiction.

Though fentanyl has been around since the 60s, it hasn’t had this same kind of horrifying impact until the past few years’ addiction epidemic. Opioid abuse has risen within the past decade and thus this drug, part of that umbrella, has also exploded onto the scene. “In some parts of the Northeast, fentanyl has even surpassed heroin as the most commonly detected drug in fatal overdoses.” Considering how often the news reports the deaths resulting from heroin overdose, this fact should shock and scare you.

Part of the big issue with this substance in particular is that it is known to be extremely potent and therefore easier than many other drugs to suffer from an overdose. Even worse, naloxone, which is used to try and reverse overdoses, is not very effective against these cases because of fentanyl’s potency. Therefore, not only is it easier to take more of the substance than your body can handle, but it’s also much more difficult to bring people back from that dangerous brink.

The dangers continue within the sphere of this particular addiction epidemic. If the above weren’t enough, many people who put fentanyl into their bodies aren’t even aware that they’re doing it. A number of drug dealers give out this cheaper option in place of heroin without informing their ‘customers,’ and because of this, those people don’t realize the intensity of the drug they’ve purchased. Where their bodies may have been used to a certain amount of heroin, this opioid can wreak havoc simply by being used in small doses. Some even have both in their system at the same time, which, obviously, has a higher potential for disaster than one or the other… though both are deadly on their own.

The addiction recovery community has to have hope for 2017 that this year will bring about breakthroughs in treatment: that it will see a drop in the number of newly-addicted patients and a decrease in those who overdose as a result of this addiction epidemic. This is beyond a ‘problem’ and needs the attention and efforts of everyone in order to develop a solution. This means putting more funding into recovery centers and programs and pushing lawmakers into setting their sights on any kind of legal action that will bring about positive change. Only as a united front committed to restoring health to these huge numbers of people suffering from substance abuse can we make a difference.

If you want to learn more about fentanyl and its devastating effects on the body, then contact The Bergand Group. If you or someone you care about is suffering from an addiction, look into our offered recovery programs for yourself or for others or our education materials about addictions. The Bergand Group is Maryland’s leading addiction recovery center and offers support for those struggling with addiction and mental health issues, including direction for those who may be denying an addiction.  We can help you to work through your addiction in a safe and healthy environment where everyone is committed to your care.

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