Fentanyl ‘Killer Pills’ – Counterfeit Hydrocodone Crisis
For those struggling with opioid addiction who have turned to illegal means to acquire opioids – there is now a new hazard.
Counterfeit medications and candies are raising new concerns and confusion in the opioid epidemic sweeping America. Counterfeit pain and anxiety medications laced with fentanyl started appearing in Florida in spring 2016. Now, the illegal ‘killer pills’ are causing overdoses across the US.
The counterfeit pills were disguised to look like oxycodone, Percocet or Xanax. However the pills actually contained fentanyl. Fentanyl is a powerful and dangerous drug 50 times more potent than morphine. Similar counterfeit pills, made to look like Norco hydrocodone medication, are the cause of at least ten deaths – and dozens of overdoses across the country.
Fentanyl poses a grave threat not only to users, but to anyone coming into contact with it. A lethal dose is possible with very small amounts. Fentanyl can accidentally be inhaled or absorbed through the skin from only a few grains of the substance.
Prince’s Death Caused by Counterfeit Fentanyl
Toxicology tests for Prince concluded that the entertainer died from an accidental overdose of the opioid fentanyl, according to a report on his death by the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office.
Fentanyl, prescribed by doctors for cancer treatment, can be made illicitly and is blamed for a spike in overdose deaths in the United States.
Fentanyl is 25 to 50 times more potent than heroin and 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
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DEA Report: Counterfeit Pills Fueling U.S. Fentanyl and Opioid Crisis
DEA Report: Counterfeit Pills Fueling U.S. Fentanyl and Opioid Crisis. Problems resulting from abuse of opioid drugs continue to grow. July 22, 2016, Drug Enforcement Administration Report
JUL 22, 2016 (WASHINGTON) – Hundreds of thousands of counterfeit prescription pills, many containing deadly amounts of fentanyl and fentanyl-related compounds, have made their way into the U.S. drug market, according to a DEA intelligence report released today. Law enforcement nationwide report higher fentanyl availability, seizures, and known overdose deaths than at any other time since the drug’s creation in 1959.
Hundreds of thousands of counterfeit prescription pills, some containing deadly amounts of fentanyls have been introduced into U.S. drug markets, exacerbating the fentanyl and opioid crisis. The sudden arrival of wholesale amounts of counterfeit prescription drugs containing fentanyls will result in an increase in overdoses, deaths, and opiate-dependent individuals. Motivated by enormous profit potential, traffickers exploit high consumer demand for prescription medications by producing inexpensive, fraudulent prescription pills containing fentanyls. DEA Intelligence Report, July 2016
Fentanyl is a synthetically produced opioid that, when produced and administered legitimately, is used to treat severe pain. Overseas labs in China are mass-producing fentanyl and fentanyl-related compounds and marketing them to drug trafficking groups in Mexico, Canada and the United States.
In addition to being deadly to users, fentanyl poses a grave threat to law enforcement officials and first responders, as a lethal dose of fentanyl can be accidentally inhaled or absorbed through the skin.
Cold Turkey Opiate Withdrawal Not Effective for Long Term Success
Without professional addiction treatment, users who suddenly quit opiates run the risk of serious complications. Opiate withdrawal can be painful and dangerous. This is the reason quitting cold turkey is rarely a successful approach to addressing opiate addiction. All the will power in the world can be overwhelmed by the painful side effects of opiate withdrawal.
Opiate Withdrawal Can Be Hazardous
Withdrawal is never comfortable, but it can actually be dangerous. Some drugs should NEVER be quit suddenly without medical supervision. Some methods of rapid-detox from heroin and prescription opiate addiction can cause serious side-effects; or even be deadly. This is the reason why Arrowhead Lodge Recovery rehab treatment is preceded by a medically supervised detox period lasting anywhere from 2 days to a week or longer. We use suboxone to ease symptoms and safely detox over time in a medically controlled environment.
In addition to serious withdrawal symptoms, a big risk during the detox period is relapse. People who quit cold turkey usually start off feeling determined. But once withdrawal sets in, they find themselves unable to continue.
Arrowhead Lodge Recovery Suboxone Withdrawal Program
At Arrowhead Lodge Recovery, we provide suboxone treatment as a medically supervised and assisted inpatient treatment program for heroin or opiate detox. Suboxone treatment usually lasts 30 days or less.
Our Prescription Opioid Painkillers Addiction Program gradually reduces and removes opioid painkiller dependency; and provides physical assessment, therapy and the exercise needed to rebuild a healthier body. The Arrowhead Lodge Recovery Opioid Addiction Program reduces pain, and provides the counseling and assistance to rekindle and regain personal power and purpose.
We incorporate psychosocial elements in our recovery program. Mindfulness training, healthy exercise, nutritional counseling and education, cognitive behavioral therapy and psychoeducation are a part of our treatment program. We have chosen to keep our facility small and staff to client ratio large. Each client receives individual therapy and counseling; as well as group therapy and counseling.
We use a multi-disciplinary addiction treatment approach implemented by licensed professionals. The Arrowhead Lodge Recovery Staff includes a Physician-Addictionologist, Addiction Psychiatrist, Doctor of Clinical Psychology, Registered Nurse, several Licensed Therapists, and an addiction Nutritionist.
Arrowhead Lodge Recovery, Rehab for Men, Prescott, AZ
Arrowhead Lodge Recovery is a gender specific rehab for men, ages 30 and older; located in the beautiful mountains of Prescott, Arizona. We provide addiction and depression treatment for men who suffer from alcoholism; as well as treating opioid prescription painkiller addiction and co-occurring disorders.
At our mountain retreat facility, men can find and strengthen their unique and authentic personal spiritual connection.
We strongly believe in equipping our clients with the depth and stability to handle all the curves and disappointments – as well as joys – in their regular lives once they leave Arrowhead Lodge Recovery.
We Teach Men to Survive and Thrive in Daily Life, Once They Leave Our Facility
We are not just training our clients how to be sober in a rehab environment. We give men the tools to survive and thrive in daily life once they leave Arrowhead Lodge Recovery. As a result, our clients report happier and healthier lives after they leave our facility; with fewer relapses.
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