Fentanyl: Prescription Drug Addiction Treatment

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Fentanyl: Pain medication addiction treatmentWhat is Fentanyl? Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid analgesic that has a relatively short time of action while in the body. It is a popular pain reliever in the United States, and like other painkillers, has been stirring controversy nation-wide on its usage; although it is a legitimate legal drug, it is strong, can cause strict dependency, and worse of all, easily leads to death due to overdose when abused. Many people have already felt the wave of destruction in places like Rhode Island for example. A report in a Rhode Island local newspaper made an important point in late-June of 2013, saying that Rhode Island is not the only place where Fentanyl deaths have occurred; Michigan, New York and Pennsylvania have also witnessed deaths due to an influx of Fentanyl lately.

Law enforcement first thought these overdoses were due to heroin and other drugs, but after investigation it turns out many deaths were mainly by fentanyl. One location in the British Columbia witnessed 23 deaths in total within one month alone (April), which is 3 more than the previous year altogether. These findings are causing a great amount of alarm in communities everywhere, teaching many of what Fentanyl can really do to someone abusing it. This drug is common, found over the counter, in household bathrooms, and on kitchen tables. They are widely available and since they are legel, tend to give off the wrong first impressions. Many users feel that because it is legal and prescribed to many, it can be abused "safely," whatever that means. They believe it can be as strong as heroin and still not die from it. Both claims are right.

Dealers and distributors have a great role to play in these tragic occurrences. When selling these drugs, they usually mix the Fentanyl (or whatever opioid they have in stock) and intentionally try to make them death-prone. Ironically, this is exactly what addicts are looking for. The reason being, that synthetic opioid drugs that cause death easily are thought to give better and longer-lasting highs, which is true. But addicts are not aiming for death; their strategy is to "lessen" these drugs in smaller amounts and get their fix in small patches. That way, they get more for their money and don't die because they are not taking the full doses. Then, when drug dealers have made it popular, they "down" the intensity in order to gain profit. That is their marketing scheme, which involves taking advantage of addicts who simply cannot say no.

It is important to keep fentanyl bottles (or any other other opioid prescription) in hidden places, or speak to a counselor if you notice someone you know abusing these kinds of drugs. It only takes one dose to end a life, and Rhode Island is making sure distribution activity is followed a lot more closely by law enforcement personnel.

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