According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), fentanyl is currently the single most dangerous, deadly drug in the United States. CDC reports indicate that overdoses involving this synthetic opioid drug have jumped by approximately 113 percent each year between 2013 and 2016, during which there were more than 63,600 fatal overdoses, 29 percent of which involved fentanyl.
CDC studies have also found that many deadly and near-deadly overdoses also involved heroin or methamphetamines. This may be due to the fact that street-bought heroin (like other similar opiate drugs) is often laced or cut with fentanyl, putting heroin users at an even greater risk.
When users of heroin, methamphetamines, cocaine, and other street drugs are unaware that their supply has been made with fentanyl, it can have disastrous, deadly consequences. Overdose on fentanyl is largely the same as any other opioid overdose and produces alarming symptoms such as:
- Respiratory failure/labored breathing
- Constricted pupils
- Lack of circulation/blue skin tone
- Loss of consciousness
If you or someone you love has developed an addiction to fentanyl, heroin, cocaine, or other such drugs, you cannot afford to wait. With the prevalent and undetected presence of fentanyl in opiate drugs, it is only a matter of time until accidental overdose occurs.
Healing & Help for People Struggling with Fentanyl Use
At Acceptance Recovery Center, we provide compassionate, comprehensive residential care for people who are seeking to overcome the use of fentanyl and other dangerous opioid drugs. We understand the powerful pull that such drugs tend to have, making it virtually impossible to break free without help. In fact, detoxing from fentanyl without medical assistance can be deadly, and breaking fentanyl addiction in the safety of a medically-equipped facility like ours is the only way to do so without risking severe injury and death.
Consider reaching out to a member of our team here at Acceptance Recovery Center and learn more about our opiate addiction recovery programs in Scottsdale.
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Dr. Greg Gale has been practicing and providing leadership in the field of psychiatry, substance use, and integrated care in the Phoenix metropolitan area for over 11 years. He joins us from his role as a national medical director overseeing behavioral health, substance use, and integrated care services for Humana Behavioral Health. Previously, he was CMO and VP of Clinical Services at Partners in Recovery, a not-for-profit behavioral health and substance use service organization, which operates five clinics throughout Maricopa County.