Fentanyl is being Found in Heroin

 

Fentanyl is an opioid medication and is used as a part of anesthesia to prevent pain after a surgery. It has been linked to many heroin overdoes. As a new additive to heroin, it is resulting in increase of deaths. Below is two stories the dangerous results of this new additive:

DEA Issues Alert on Fentanyl-Laced Heroin as Overdose Deaths Surge Nationwide

Reported from NCADD:

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has issued a nationwide alert in response to a surge in overdose deaths from heroin laced with the narcotic drug fentanyl, the most potent opioid available for medical use.

“Drug incidents and overdoses related to fentanyl are occurring at an alarming rate throughout the United States and represent a significant threat to public health and safety,” DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart said in a statement. “Often laced in heroin, fentanyl and fentanyl analogues produced in illicit clandestine labs are up to 100 times more powerful than morphine and 30-50 times more powerful than heroin.”

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Fentanyl is potentially lethal, even at very low levels, according to the DEA.

Seizures of illegal drugs containing fentanyl more than tripled between 2013 and 2014, according to USA Today. The National Forensic Laboratory Information System, which collects data from police labs, received 3,344 fentanyl submissions last year, up from 942 the previous year.

Read more here.

Recent heroin overdoses may be linked to another deadly drug in disguise

Reported from Fox 2:

Medical staff said that sometimes indicates a more potent batch of heroin.

Meanwhile, the DEA Thursday put out a heroin alert that included a warning about a resurgence in fentanyl. Fentanyl is an effective pain medication for cancer patients, but the DEA warned of a spike in black market availability. The St. Louis County Toxicology lab reports a similar explosion.

The latest heroin alert from the DEA says police officers are finding three and a half times the amount of fentanyl. Those numbers were compiled by the National Forensic Laboratory Information System. I also contacted the St. Louis County Toxicology Lab. Dr. Chris Long also reports finding more than three times the number of fentanyl positive tests compared to last year.

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The Drug Enforcement Administration says fentanyl is 30-50 times more potent than heroin. Imagine a packet of sugar is fentanyl. According to the DEA, one packet would be the equivalent of thousands of fatal doses. The DEA alert says it`s also easy to get into the air, which could risk the health of someone nearby, like a police officer or medic trying to help.

In just one day this week, according to St. Anthony`s Hospital, four users who were near death were revived by a medicine called Narcan. Narcan is a shot that knocks opiates out of your brain receptors. A group called the Osiris Project is trying to help make Narcan more widely available. The man behind it, Chad Sabora, says he`s now concerned it`ll take more doses of Narcan to revive people who end up using heroin mixed with the opiate fentanyl.

Read more here.

The risk alone of using heroin should stop anyone, now with an even more dangerous substance added, it is almost lethal! If you would like some information on getting help, please contact Bridgeway Behavioral Health at www.brigdewaybh.com or 866-758-1152.

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