Categories: Drugs

What is Fentanyl?

Many different types of substances within our modern world can be extremely dangerous. One category of substances that has been a particularly large difficulty is opioids. And out of all of the many opioids, there is one that has continued to affect and even kill massive numbers of people around the country. This substance is the powerful painkiller fentanyl.

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid, basically meaning that compounds within it are artificially created by man, rather than being actually sourced from the opium poppy. It is probably the strongest opioid out there at this current time. In fact, while it is similar to morphine, it is actually around 50 to 100 times more potent. It is typically prescribed to individuals who are suffering from large amounts of pain after surgery, or from painful conditions or illnesses.

Dangers of the Painkiller Fentanyl

There are several different forms that fentanyl is used in, such as injection, orally, or transdermal patches. When used as directed and prescribed by a physician, it can offer a large amount of pain relief. But, it is also unfortunately often abused as a recreational drug, and it can be very dangerous in this avenue. When individuals begin using the painkiller fentanyl, they may think they can take the same amount as opioids they had used previously, but not realize the increased potency of fentanyl. This has led to a multitude of overdoses and even deaths. In fact, fentanyl was the drug that killed Prince last year. Plus, a lot of the fentanyl that is out on the street and used as recreational is not medical grade and is actually manufactured in crudely set up labs. This version may be in forms such as a pill, powder, blotter paper, or cut into heroin. Fentanyl spiked heroin has also led to many overdoses and deaths simply because individuals do not realize what they are intaking at the time, once again often leading them to use too much.

Opioids affect a person by binding to the opioid receptors in the brain. These receptors operate in areas of the brain connected to pain and emotion, hence why these substances mitigate these things. Once the substance binds to these receptors, it triggers the release of increased amounts of a brain chemical called dopamine. Dopamine relates to the reward center of the brain and brings about a feeling of relaxation and euphoria, and these feelings are what make the high appealing. But, these receptors are also in areas related to breathing, which is why heavy use or overdose can result in breathing difficulties or even cessation of breathing, causing death.

How Best Drug Rehabilitation Can Help

The painkiller fentanyl and other opioids can create extreme dependencies and addictions, which often require treatment for people to be able to overcome them. This is where Best Drug Rehabilitation can help. Our referral service has helped thousands to overcome their addictions every single year and can do the same for you or your loved one. Our success comes from the unique way that we approach finding a program. We look for a tailored treatment program for every single individual will address their particular underlying issues and difficulties. These underlying factors can be contributive to relapse down the road when they are not handled, so it is critical that they are thoroughly addressed. Call Best Drug Rehabilitation today at our toll-free number, and we will help you or your loved one to find the program suited for your needs.

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