Narconon International Urges Rehabilitation Centers To Get The Word Out To The Public
Released on: November 23, 2010, 9:29 am
Fentanyl Is a Killer Drug
It is officially acknowledged by health authorities in the US that overdoses on
prescription drugs have passed up the traditional killers, heroin and cocaine. One
of the drugs most responsible for this is an opiate derivative called, fentanyl. It
is manufactured under many names, including Actiq, Duragesic, Durogesic, Fentora,
Instanyl, and Sublimaze.
The synthetic opiate is prescribed for patients who are in constant pain, or who are
suffering break-through pain (sudden flare ups of pain that occur despite pain
medications already administered), for chronic conditions or the effects of
chemotherapy. It comes in many forms: patches worn on the skin, lozenges or“lollipops” and injectable forms.
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Heath, which monitors health
worker-related drug abuse, warns that “Fentanyl depresses central nervous system and
respiratory function. Exposure to fentanyl may be fatal. Fentanyl is estimated to be
100 times as potent as morphine and many of times more potent than heroin. It is a
drug of abuse.”
One of the reasons the drug is extremely dangerous is because it has a short-term
effect on the body, tolerance builds up rapidly causing the addicted person to up
the dosage to dangerous levels after a short time using the drug. Once removed from
the safeguards of a highly controlled medical environment, the abuser can easily
overdose, and bring on respiratory failure and death.
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and other sources, supply of the
drug on the streets is virtually unlimited, as evidenced by a recent arrest of a
19-year-old medical attendant and her boyfriend caught removing the gel from the
patches administered to patients in a nursing home. The drug is also stolen from
pharmacies, a problem for law enforcement that has been escalating throughout the
US. Even used patches are collected for the remaining drug that is still on them.
Once procured by users, it is often “cooked” in foil and inhaled or injected.
Patches are also sometimes frozen, cut into pieces and eaten or placed under the
tongue or in the cheek for absorption. Websites frequented by young people give tips
and information about procuring the drug and ways to get the most out of the drug in
whatever form it is in. Discussions about the drug further popularize it, including
information on how to make it. “In short, this drug is easily procured and it is
deadly,” says Bobby Wiggins, Director of Drug Education at Narconon International.
“When our Narconon centers discover the drug they are dealing with is fentanyl, they
go on red alert. They are all too aware that overdose on this drug is a very real
possibility. We also know that if we can get them into the program we can help
them,” says Clark Carr, President of Narconon. “The problem is there may not be
another chance,” he added.
In addition to prescription sources there are illegal labs producing the drug. An
illegal version of the painkiller caused a two-year wave of deaths from 2005 to 2007
killing more than 1,000, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC). While many deaths were likely unreported, the official tally was 1013 deaths
due to illegal fentanyl.
For more information about drug rehabilitation call 1 800-775-8750 or visit http://www.youtube.com/user/narconon#p/u/1/QW7zX65Itfg.
About Narconon: Narconon programs all over
the world share the belief that a drug free life is possible without ever relapsing
or relying on any other drugs to fight addiction. The Narconon drug rehab program is a
completely drug free education program dedicated to permanently curing the victims
of drug addiction. To learn more, go to our website at www.drugrehab.net.
Contact Details: Narconon International
4652 Hollywood Boulevard Hollywood, CA 90027
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