Fentanyl is Killing American's at Alarming Rates
Fentanyl is killing American’s. Fentanyl is a highly addictive opioid that was used in hospitals for patients that endured severe injury. Fentanyl is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine. The CDC released a study that found that fentanyl is the most common drug in overdoses across the United States. Since 2013 the number of drug overdoses involving fentanyl has increased 113% per year. Over 60,000 people die a year from drug overdose, more than ever before.
Fentanyl has been the main killer and was involved in almost 20,000 of all overdose deaths in 2016. The numbers are suspected to continue rising throughout the next six years. Nearly one-third of fentanyl overdoses involved heroin, which has become more and more common in the past five years. It is believed that drug dealers cut their heroin with fentanyl to cut costs and create a greater profit margin. However, the study also linked another drug to fentanyl overdose deaths. The study found that two out of every five cocaine overdose deaths also involved fentanyl. This has been causing many to speculate if its purposeful or accidental cross contamination of the two drugs.
While the drug epidemic has focused on opioids, we have seen a huge increase in the rates of cocaine and methamphetamine related deaths. With the deadly fentanyl in the mix, cocaine related overdose has nearly doubled the past two years. No drug is safe, especially with fentanyl sweeping the nation. Fentanyl has even been found in fake prescription pills such as Oxycodone and Xanax. Fake prescription pills are made by drug dealers who break down their pills and add in filler, and then repress their pills together. Drug dealers do this to make more profit off their drugs. So, does this mean our prescription pill epidemic has became a fentanyl epidemic? Many believe so.
If you have a loved one actively using drugs it is absolutely critical that they enter into treatment immediately. Recovery is the only way to protect them! There is absolutely no way for a person to detect whether fentanyl is in their drugs. It is tasteless, has no smell, and is microscopic. The strength of Fentanyl only has one likely outcome, death. This is more than a public health crisis, it is a public safety crisis. Every time you or someone you love get’s high, no matter the drug of choice, it is a gamble with life. We know it is hard to convince your loved one to get help. You may feel like you have already tried so many times. Use the buttons below to call or chat with our treatment specialist right now. We will help you in helping your loved one! If you are struggling with addiction, I know exactly what you are feeling. It does get better, let us help you! It can end right now!