Fighting Fentanyl Addiction
Heroin addiction used to be just about the worst that could happen to anyone. Now fentanyl addiction is worse. Much, much worse. In fact, fentanyl abuse has become such a scourge that Bloomberg saw fit to say the Opioid Crisis is now a Fentanyl Crisis. Then again, when the potent painkiller counts for 60% of 2017 American opioid overdose deaths, that's a logical call.
It's also an alarming situation:
"The primary agent of death is no longer ordinary prescription painkillers," writes Bloomberg. "It’s illicit fentanyl, often mixed with heroin or some other street drug."
"Tighter controls on prescriptions for oxycodone and hydrocodone are no longer enough," they add. "The U.S. needs a comprehensive and multi-targeted strategy to restrict the importation of illicit fentanyl, and a broader, better-funded push to reduce its demand."
Indeed. Fighting fentanyl addiction is just as important as fighting fentanyl trafficking. Especially if we're going to reduce the rash rate of fentanyl overdose deaths. Why? Because the use of fentanyl as an opioid additive has become so prevalent, that plain heroin or Oxycontin just doesn't cut it anymore. That means, more and more addicts are seeking out fentanyl itself. And, as the numbers attest, that can be downright deadly.
So, Bloomberg's call for a broader, better-funded approach to reduce fentanyl demand. Of course, the only real way to reduce fentanyl demand is to provide fentanyl addiction treatment. If fentanyl is that much more potent than everyday opioids, including heroin, then fentanyl addiction treatment should be that much more rigorous. After all, the lives of untold thousands are on the iine.
What is Fentanyl
Fentanyl is an opioid pain medication. It's also combined with other medications for anesthesia. Medically, fentanyl is used by injection, as a patch on the skin, as a nasal spray, or in the mouth. Yep, that's right. Fentanyl comes in both patches and lollipops.
Fentanyl works primarily by activating μ-opioid receptors and it is incredibly effective at what it does. That's explains why, as of 2017, fentanyl was the most widely used synthetic opioid in medicine. It also explains why fentanyl patches are on the WHO List of Essential Medicines, the most effective and safe medicines needed in a health system.
But with that widespread use comes widespread abuse, especially considering fentanyl is around 100 times stronger than morphine, and some analogues, such as carfentanil, are around 10,000 times stronger.
That leaves fentanyl with an inordinately high risk for addiction and dependence. Considering fentanyl can cause respiratory distress and death when taken in high doses or when combined with other substances, especially alcohol, it also of course increases narcotic's lethality.
Beating Fentanyl Addiction
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