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Opioid and Fentanyl Overdose Wave Sweeps California
According to the California Opioid Overdose Surveillance Dashboard –
the number of California deaths from fentanyl overdoses has jumped by more than 2100% in five years.
In the U.S., Mortality from all types of drug overdoses increased by a whopping 30% over a 1-year period.Nora Volkow, MD, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), at the FDA Science Forum, May 2021.
What is causing the increase? Individuals taking illegally purchased opiates or other ‘recreational use’ drugs are at serious risk of fentanyl overdose. Unknown to buyers, illegal drugs are now often laced with fentanyl – so it is easy to inadvertently take a deadly dose.
Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid analgesic that is similar to morphine – but is up to 100 times more potent. In its prescription form it is prescribed for pain, but fentanyl is also made illegally.
Fentanyl is far more deadly than heroin.
Who is At Risk for Fentanyl Overdose?
- Most individuals never try to take fentanyl.
- However, many illegal drugs now contain fentanyl to ‘increase the strength’ of the drug sold.
- In the past year of COVID-19 – adolescents, parents, professionals, athletes and more can now more easily buy illegal ‘party drugs’ on the internet.
- In February 2021, OWN TV host Dr. Laura Berman revealed her son Samuel, 16, died from a drug overdose after he purchased Xanax laced with Fentanyl on social media.
- Illegally made drugs are not tested for quality – and they vary wildly in purity and strength.
- Increasingly, illegal drugs bought on the internet (and sold on the street) contain fentanyl. Just a few grains of fentanyl powder causes overdose.
Fentanyl and other synthetic opioids are the most common drugs involved in overdose deaths.
Who Becomes Addicted to Opiates?
Can individuals taking prescription opiates as directed become dependent or addicted to the opiate?
Addiction Is A Disease: Opioids are highly addictive, and they change how the brain works. Anyone can become addicted, even when opioids are prescribed by a doctor and taken as directed. In fact, millions of people in the United States suffer from opioid addiction.CDC: What You Need to Know About Treatment and Recovery
- Opioid dependency and addiction is experienced by individuals from all professions and from all socio-economic groups.
- Anyone can become addicted to opiates in the right circumstances. Any social stigma associated with having a drug problem needs to be eliminated. Prevention and addiction treatment must be emphasized.
- Those who work in jobs or professions that include high stress, long hours and/or physical labor are at risk of developing an opioid dependence.
- Individuals and professionals working long hours and/or experiencing high stress may take illegally obtained opioids for pain relief; or as a sleep aid. What starts as a ‘small miracle’ can rapidly escalate into dependence and addiction.
- ‘High-Functioning Addicts‘ can work and may even excel in their work or careers. But eventually drug use takes a physical and emotional toll. Close personal relationships and friendships are the first to dissolve as the addiction becomes more demanding.
Who is an ‘Addict’?
Many people have the idea that an ‘addict‘ is a person that hides in shadowy alleys, wears filthy clothes – and hit rock bottom years ago.
In reality, individuals struggling with a drug problem could be your neighbor or co-worker.
Those struggling with addiction could be your children’s teacher, a sports coach, office workers, IT Professionals, Medical Professionals, Attorneys, Pilots and Flight Attendants – and more.
The stress of the pandemic in the last year – plus the isolation and loneliness – has increased addiction issues and overdoses. According to preliminary figures released earlier this month by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, synthetic opioid fatalities rose by an unprecedented 55% during the twelve months ending in September 2020.
- Fentanyl is a potent synthetic opioid that is very effective at relieving moderate-to-severe chronic pain.
- Oral formulations of fentanyl contain an amount of the drug that can be fatal to a child.
- The difference between a therapeutic dose and a deadly dose of fentanyl is very small.
- There are many illegal analogs and derivatives of fentanyl that are much stronger than the prescription version.
- Recreational users often seek fentanyl as a substitute for heroin.
- Increasingly, many illegal drugs now contain fentanyl to ‘increase the strength’ of the drug sold.
- The problem: A few extra grains of fentanyl can cause death.
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“We’ve seen a very significant rise in mortality,” said Dr. Nora Volkow, head of the National Institute of Drug Abuse, who spoke Thursday as part of an on-line gathering of the American Society of Addiction Medicine.
Volkow said people are often consuming fentanyl “unbeknownst to them,” resulting in a spike in overdose deaths.Overdose Deaths Surged In Pandemic, As More Drugs Were Laced With Fentanyl
Accidental Addiction During COVID-19
The COVID pandemic has made the drug overdose epidemic worse. Loneliness and isolation are risk factors for relapse – or for developing an addiction.
Functional Addiction Warning Signs
• Occasional Alcohol or Substance Use to Relieve Stress
Working From Home – there is little to no peer pressure for sobriety. At the office, drinking alcohol or drugging at your desk was not acceptable.
• Increased Alcohol or Substance Use as a Stress Coping Mechanism
Mid-day Margaritas may sound ‘romantic’ – but the reality is not like the happy song.
• Consequences Of Problem Drinking or Substance Abuse
Legal problems or DUI; increased isolation and relationship problems; brain fog; depression and anxiety.
• Noticeable Physical And Psychological Changes
Shaking hands in the morning; frequent heartburn; withdrawal symptoms when not using.
Opioid Recovery M.A.T. Treatment Northern California
New Start Recovery Solutions uses MAT Medication Assisted Treatment for patients in opioid recovery.
M.A.T. Medication Assisted Treatment is the Gold Standard treatment for opioid addiction.
Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is the use of medications, in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies, to provide a “whole-patient” approach to the treatment of substance use disorders. Medications used in MAT are approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and MAT programs are clinically driven and tailored to meet each patient’s needs.
MAT is primarily used for the treatment of addiction to opioids such as heroin and prescription pain relievers that contain opiates. The prescribed medication operates to normalize brain chemistry, block the euphoric effects of alcohol and opioids, relieve physiological cravings, and normalize body functions without the negative and euphoric effects of the substance used.
Bay Area Largest Fentanyl Seizure June 2021
OAKLAND, Calif. June 2021 – The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California announced the largest federal seizure of fentanyl in the history of the district. “The amount of fentanyl seized in this single operation is enough lethal overdoses to wipe out San Francisco’s population four times over,” SFPD Chief Bill Scott said in a statement. “Fentanyl remains the primary chemical culprit in the record-shattering number of fatal overdoses plaguing our city.”
A lethal fentanyl dose in humans is 2 mg.
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