Overdose Awareness: Dangers of Fentanyl

Today is International Overdose Awareness Day.
Together, let's work towards a world free from overdose.
A historic high of nearly 108,000 people died from drug overdoses from January to December, 2021. And 80,000 of those deaths were opioid overdoses, many powered by lethal amounts of fentanyl.
It is critical that people are aware of the increasing threat fentanyl poses to our communities, informed about how to avoid the dangers of the drug, and learn how to help anyone at risk find help for opioid addiction before it’s too late.
While fentanyl drives an epidemic of overdose deaths, there are five important facts that everyone must know about the dangers of the drug: 
1. What is fentanyl?
  • Synthetic, powerful opioid.
  • Produced easily, quickly and cheaply. 
  • Highly effective, addictive and efficient pain killer.
2. Why is fentanyl so dangerous?
  • 50-100 times stronger than morphine.
  • Only a tiny amount of fentanyl is lethal, especially without a tolerance to opioids.
  • A more difficult substance addiction to overcome.
3. Why are fentanyl overdoses increasing?
  • Illicit fentanyl is being distributed across the country and sold on the illegal drug market and contaminating other illegal drugs.
  • Increasingly pressed into pills made to look like authentic prescription opioids, these fake pills often contain lethal doses of fentanyl.
  • It is impossible for someone to take an illicit pill or other drug and know what level of fentanyl it contains and unaware that it could likely kill them.
4. What can we do to combat the fentanyl overdose and opioid addiction epidemic?
Finding Help for Fentanyl/Opioid Addiction
Although the dangers of fentanyl addiction and overdose are growing at an alarming rate, there are highly effective treatment options available to help anyone struggling.
At Valley Hope, we use evidence-based best practices throughout our full continuum of care to provide patients with effective fentanyl addiction treatment, including medically-monitored detox that safely and comfortably minimizes the symptoms of opioid withdrawal, as well as medication-assisted treatment (MAT) that combats cravings.
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