Everything You Need to Know About Fentanyl
Things You Need to Know About Fentanyl
Many people first became aware of the existence of Fentanyl when Michael Jackson tragically died as a result of consuming the drug. The reality is that fentanyl has been in existence long before Jackson’s death and that thousands of people all over the world have struggled with an addiction to the drug.
If you or a loved one is suffering from a fentanyl addiction, you should take the time to learn more about this drug and its potentially fatal characteristics. Remember, if you have more specific questions about fentanyl or addiction, a member of the Resurgence team is always available to assist you. We understand the deadly consequences of this type of addiction and we will do everything that we can to help you overcome it.
What is Fentanyl?
Fentanyl is a highly addictive opioid that has wreaked havoc in our society. At its core, fentanyl will trigger an increase in dopamine levels in the body’s central nervous system. This will result in an extreme feeling of relaxation. However, an abundance of fentanyl consumption can cause such a state of relaxation that a person may stop breathing which is part of what can cause death.
Fentanyl has a short duration effect. Depending on the level of fentanyl that has been consumed a person may only feel the effects anywhere between 30 and 90 minutes of consumption which is one of the leading reasons why the drug is often abused.
How Can Fentanyl Be Used?
Although fentanyl can be used recreationally, it’s not uncommon for professionals in the medical community to use it to treat their clients in the following ways:
- As anesthesia for patients that require heart surgery or have issues with heart function
- Pain management for patients that have cancer
- Patients that are struggling with spinal issues
Remember, a doctor is specifically trained to use fentanyl so if your doctor does use this drug during treatment, he or she will do so in a way that should never expose you to potentially developing an addiction. However, if you have concerns, you should always speak to your medical professional at length before any treatment takes place.
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How Dangerous is Fentanyl?
Now that you have a better understanding of fentanyl addiction, here are some scary facts associated with the dangers of becoming addicted to this drug:
- It’s synthetic: Fentanyl is a manufactured opioid. As a result, the potency level of this drug can be increased substantially. In fact, fentanyl is 50 to 100 times more potent than other drugs such as morphine or heroin.
- It’s easy to lace: It’s fairly typical for fentanyl to be laced with another type of street drug so that a person feels more of an effect of the fentanyl. This is particularly dangerous because you may not realize that you’ve consumed anything other than fentanyl.
- A person could become addicted after just one use: Fentanyl is so addictive that a person could easily become addicted to this substance after one or two uses. Even a person that has never consumed drugs before could potentially fall prey to its addictive nature.
Resurgence Behavioral Health Can Help with Fentanyl Addiction
If you’re struggling with a fentanyl addiction, you don’t have to suffer alone. The Resurgence Behavioral Health team is here to help you through this life changing process. We encourage you to reach out to a member of our team today so that we can provide you with more information about our treatment options and what you can expect when you come to Resurgence. Give us a call today at (855) 458-0050.