Forensic police laboratories and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are warning of a new drug crisis that is exasperating the already-problematic opioid epidemic. It seems more and more people are using fentanyl, a synthetic version of heroin, and many of those users are not even aware of it.
Fentanyl is 10 times more potent and therefore 10 times deadlier than heroin. The synthetic drug is able to bypass the brain’s fat cells and cling to opioid receptors almost immediately after the drug is injected or otherwise consumed. Due to the rapidity and potency of fentanyl, counteracting an overdose is difficult, if not impossible under many circumstances.
Manufacturers of illegal drugs who deal them on the street have begun lacing heroin dosages with fentanyl in an attempt to addict their buyers faster and more intensely. Since only three milligrams of fentanyl are needed to trigger a fatal overdose in the average user, this is creating an extremely precarious situation that is putting countless lives at risk.
Authorities are urging people to only use fentanyl as directed by medical professionals. The drug does have uses in medical settings but is simply too potent for personal use. With fentanyl being secretly distributed by drug dealers around the country, it is now more important than ever for people to seek drug rehabilitation treatments, therapies, and counseling. The only sure way to avoid a fentanyl overdose is to not use fentanyl or heroin at all.
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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.