Chances are, you’ve heard a lot of talk about fentanyl and its dangers. Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid, is up to 100 times more powerful than morphine [1]. In medical settings, fentanyl is used to treat chronic pain conditions. Illegally manufactured street versions of fentanyl can be even more potent, with increased dangers for deadly overdoses [2]. This is because illegally-manufactured fentanyl is not regulated in the way that medically-produced fentanyl is. Worse yet, street fentanyl is making an appearance in virtually every street drug, meaning many users are exposed to fentanyl without knowing it.

The best tactic for avoiding fentanyl’s dangers is to find sobriety. At Treatment Alternatives, we offer personalized Boca Raton drug rehab services, with alternative drug treatments aimed at patient success. Fentanyl’s dangers are only increasing, and it’s time to find your sobriety.

A Fentanyl Overdose

With regular opioids, such as heroin, an overdose can take some time. This means that as symptoms of overdose (slowed breathing, lethargy) develop, bystanders can help the individual seek reversal of overdose. But with fentanyl, the overdoses are much deadlier. It only takes as little as two milligrams of fentanyl to cause a lethal overdose [1], and this overdose can happen with minutes. Fentanyl overdoses are faster and more potent, making them much deadlier than other opioid overdoses.

Fentanyl is Everywhere

In addition to its overdose dangers, fentanyl is becoming more pervasive in many street drugs. This is because fentanyl is often cheaper to manufacture, and it provides strong highs. Illegal drug manufacturers are mixing fentanyl into practically anything, meaning an overdose can happen without warning. In addition, carfentanil, which is 100 times more potent than fentanyl, is becoming more common in street drugs [3].

Sobriety is Life Saving

With the increasing dangers of fentanyl and carfentanil, the best way to avoid these dangerous drugs is to get sober. At Treatment Alternatives, we offer Boca Raton drug treatment programs and services to help make sobriety a reality. If you or someone you know is struggling, it’s time to reach out to our Boca Raton drug rehab for effective alternative drug treatment and sobriety services.

 

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