Fentanyl Addiction Treatment
Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid drug. It is approximately 100 times more potent than morphine and 50 times more potent than heroin. Fentanyl is often added to heroin to increase its potency, or be disguised as highly potent heroin. Many users believe that they are purchasing heroin and actually don’t know that they are purchasing fentanyl – which often results in overdose deaths.
Fentanyl can be injected, snorted, smoked or taken orally by pill or tablet. Fentanyl patches are often abused when people remove the gel and then inject or ingest the contents. The use of fentanyl can cause:
A rapid heartbeat, pounding in the ears, chest tightness, Mood changes, Poor balance or coordination, hallucinations, abnormal thoughts, opening a fentanyl patch to eat its gel beads, buying fentanyl illegally from people who may have a lawful prescription and showing fear at the prospect of not having access to fentanyl.
Fentanyl addiction is particularly dangerous because the drug is a very potent, highly-addictive opioid. The most serious and immediate danger of fentanyl addiction is the risk of overdose, which can easily be fatal if not reversed in time. Other dangers include long-term health problems, risks to mental health, and complications that may range from infectious diseases to incarceration and homelessness. Overcoming fentanyl addiction requires professional treatment.