Almost every American is aware of the devastating impact that opioid and fentanyl addictions have throughout the United States. Fentanyl-related deaths have increased every year. One of the factors that have been driving the increase in opioid deaths is the appearance of powerful synthetics like Fentanyl. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the death rate of synthetic opioids other than methadone, which includes drugs such as tramadol and fentanyl, increased by over 72 percent from 2014 to 2015. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is 50 times more potent than pure heroin. Fentanyl addiction is becoming a leading cause of opioid-related deaths in the United States. The scariest part of it is that many drug users think they are buying heroin but later find out it has been turbocharged with fentanyl.
WHAT IS DEADLY FENTANYL?
Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that produces effects similar to morphine with much more potency. It’s used as a medicinal pain reliever in hospital locations. The man-made drug causes the user to feel quick pain-relief, comfort, and euphoria. It’s fast-acting, which makes it useful in emergency care. It’s most widely used for surgeries and post-operative pain relief since it's fast-acting, but effects wear off quickly compared to other opioids.
Fentanyl is usually injected intravenously, but it may also be delivered via transdermal patches for chronic pain sufferers or on pets for veterinary use. Unlike other medications, fentanyl has an incredibly efficient transdermal bioavailability which makes it fast-acting. Fentanyl was first produced in 1960 and quickly became widely used as a general anesthetic. It was originally used through intravenous injection through the '60s until the transdermal patch was announced in the 1990s.
Today, scores of fatal opioid overdoses have dramatically increased, and it is mainly due to the growth of fentanyl availability. Not only has it grown in medical use, but it is also illegally manufactured in labs in Mexico and China. Because of it’s potency in small quantities, significant amounts can be sent in small packages, like cell phone cases, that are challenging for law enforcement to find.
The Florida Fentanyl Addiction Treatment Process
Each person is unique, and individual needs must be addressed in Florida addiction treatment. This makes it critical to find a recovery program that includes medical assessments of what medications should be used in the addiction treatment process. The use of medications begins at the first phase of treatment with other modalities introduced as the physical effects of withdrawal become more manageable. However, detox by itself is not considered treatment; it is only the first stage on the road to addiction recovery.
Our Place Recovery’s medical team will assess the need for medication. For detox purposes, medications may be used to lessen withdrawal symptoms. Also, medications may be used to assist with cravings and to establish long-term sobriety with opioid agonists (medication that blocks the effect of using an opioid such as heroin). These include Suboxone, Naltrexone, and Vivitrol. In addition, medications may be used to treat co-occurring conditions, such as anxiety, depression, etc., as managing co-occurring issues is often crucial to long-term sobriety.
Our Place Recovery takes a medical approach in tandem with other therapeutic methods. Each client receives a full assessment and a program is developed for the best possible outcome for long-term recovery.