Fentanyl Addiction Treatment for Opioid Use Disorders
The opioid epidemic has ravaged the country for years. The U.S. government has thrown billions of dollars at it, but there is no sign of the problem slowing down. In fact, opioid overdose deaths have increased dramatically in the last few years alone. This increase has a lot to do with a powerful synthetic opioid called fentanyl.
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Though the drug has been around since the 1970s, availability has grown significantly in the past few years. Both pharmaceutical fentanyl and illicitly produced fentanyl have increased in manufacturing, prescription, and trafficking.
Drug users that cross paths with fentanyl usually weren’t looking for it specifically. In many cases, it makes its way into heroin and counterfeit pills without the user knowing. In several cases, this results in an overdose. Most users aren’t prepared for the potency of fentanyl. If the dose is small enough and the user has built up tolerance, fentanyl will deliver an intense high with a host of side effects. Fentanyl addiction can be extremely difficult to break, especially without help.