A Grain of Fentanyl Could Kill an Unsuspecting Recreational Drug User

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Fentanyl is one of the strongest opiate drugs on the market. It is not a long-lasting drug, so it is often used for surgery recovery and pain when a person is already taking an opiate but has temporary pain that breaks through the opiate barrier.

Time-release formulations for fentanyl provide substantial pain relief over time. They come in two forms—a lollipop and a patch. Fentanyl also comes as a small piece of film that can be dissolved under the tongue. In hospital settings, fentanyl can be injected. For the individual abusing the drug outside a hospital, this is highly dangerous, as the difference between a therapeutic dose and a deadly dose is very small, “Narconon”  reports.

Drug overdose deaths in 2016 most likely exceeded 59,000, the largest annual jump ever recorded in the United States, according to preliminary data compiled by The New York Times. t’s not clear how many people are dying from fentanyl overdoses each day now, but the numbers are climbing sharply in pockets across the U.S. and Canada. Some experts put the number at 10,000 deaths per year. 30 percent of all the nation’s opioid-related deaths.

Fentanyl is often, without the buyer’s knowledge, mixed with heroin or cocaine, because it’s cheaper than either of them and much stronger.

Twenty-year-old Jemma Longthorp was found dead by her father after taking fentanyl. Before she ingested the drug, she was physically healthy, although she had started self-medicating, in part, because she had been struggling with mental illness  Fentanyl was first manufactured in 1960 by a Belgian physician, Dr. Paul Janssen, was hailed as a medical breakthrough — a formula 100 times stronger than morphine, used as an anesthetic or a hugely powerful painkiller.

Fentanyl use crosses the boundaries of income, class, and race. Last year, the singer Prince died from fentanyl poisoning, and the drug is thought to have contributed towards the death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman two years earlier,  Fentanyl was also among the cocktail of narcotics that killed Michael Jackson.

A ten-year-old Miami boy died from fentanyl poisoning in June, after exposure to the drug on a visit to his local swimming pool.  Miami police believe 10-year-old Alton Banks somehow ingested the potent painkiller fentanyl, an illegal drug that along with heroin has been killing addicts in South Florida and across the country. Another case concerned an Ohio police officer who might have died after only touching granules during a raid if he hadn’t received a dose of the fentanyl antidote naloxone, the Miami Herald reported.

OUR FREE OPINION

We do not believe that lengthy prison sentences are the answer to our drug issues in the country– the so-called “War on Drugs” has been proven to be a failed mission. Additional state and federal funding for addiction and mental health problems is the answer.  In specific cases, such as fentanyl use, police officers and medical technicians should be required to carry antidote solutions in their vehicles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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