America’s new drug addiction threat has a name… and it’s fentanyl.
Sound familiar? You’ve probably heard the name but aren’t entirely sure what it is. Perhaps the most high-profile case tied to fentanyl is the musician Prince. Though he may be the most famous victim to meet an untimely death due to this highly addictive drug, he is definitely not the only person to fall prey to its dangers.
What is Fentanyl?
Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid that is similar to morphine, but is 50 to 100 times more potent. It is a schedule II prescription drug, and it is typically used to treat patients with severe pain or to manage pain after surgery. In its prescription form, fentanyl is known by such names as Actiq, Duragesic, and Sublimaze.
Forms of Fentanyl
When prescribed by a physician, fentanyl is often administered either by injection, transdermal patch, or by lozenge or lollipop. Most recent cases of fentanyl-related overdose and death in the U.S. are linked to illegally made fentanyl. It is sold through illegal drug markets for its heroin-like effect. It is often mixed with heroin and/or cocaine as a combination product—with or without the user’s knowledge—to increase its euphoric effects.Non-pharmaceutical fentanyl is sold as a powder, spiked on blotter paper, mixed with or substituted for heroin, or as tablets that mimic other, less potent opioids. Street names for fentanyl or for fentanyl-laced heroin include Apache, China Girl, China White, Dance Fever, Friend, Goodfella, Jackpot, Murder 8, TNT, and Tango and Cash.
Danger and Detox from Fentanyl
The high potency of fentanyl greatly increases the risk of overdose, especially if the user is unaware that a powder or pill contains fentanyl.
Since fentanyl is a narcotic, withdrawal can be especially dangerous. The safest approach is professional medical assistance and detox at our rehab centers in California. To learn more about Support Systems Homes treatment options, please contact us today.
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Support Systems Homes serves the Greater Bay Area of Northern California; as well as Santa Clara County, Alameda County, San Mateo County and San Francisco.
Some of the cities we serve include: Campbell, Cupertino, Los Gatos, Milpitas, San Jose, Santa Clara, San Leandro, and San Francisco.
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