If you use drugs for recreational purposes or are addicted to illicit drugs, you need to know about fentanyl overdose deaths. The numbers will shock you.  Also, if you are the parent of a teenager, it’s crucial that you know the facts about this deadly substance so you can protect your child.

What You Need to Know About Fentanyl Overdose Deaths

Did you know fentanyl is the most common drug involved in overdose deaths today?

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA):

Nearly half of opioid-related overdose deaths involve fentanyl.

Fentanyl is popular among drug dealers because it’s cheap and can be used to lace other drugs such as cocaine, heroin, or meth. Unsuspecting buyers don’t know what they’re getting.

So, here are more scary facts about fentanyl overdose deaths you need to know:

NIDA facts about fentanyl:

  • Only 2 milligrams of fentanyl can kill a person.
  • Fentanyl is a legal medication.  However, illicit fentanyl is imported from China or Mexican drug cartels.
  • Illicit fentanyl surpasses opioids as the most common drug involved in fatal overdoses in the US.
  • Fentanyl is 50 – 100 times more potent than morphine and enters the brain quickly.
  • If given right away, Naloxone can treat fentanyl overdose.
  • Professional treatment can help people overcome fentanyl addiction.

DEA facts about fentanyl:

  • In 2020, there was a 59% increase in fentanyl seizures compared to 2019.
  • Drug cartels use mail services to ship small loads of fentanyl to dealers in New York.
  • Signs of fentanyl use are drowsiness, confusion, sedation, euphoria, and respiratory depression or arrest.
  • Fentanyl slang words are China White, Murder 8, China Girl, Tango and Cash, and Pink.

CDC facts about fentanyl:

  • Fentanyl overdose death rates increased by more than 31% in the first half of 2020.
  • During the COVID-19 pandemic, synthetic opioid overdose deaths have accelerated.
  • Overdose deaths involving synthetic opioids and fentanyl were 12 times higher in 2019.
  • More than 36,000 fatal overdoses involving synthetic opioids such as fentanyl occurred in 2019.
  • Teens mistakenly believe fentanyl is safe because it’s a prescription drug.
  • Fentanyl is one of the most powerful and deadly substances ever invented.

Educating teens about fentanyl overdose deaths is one step in saving lives from this potent killer.

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Signs of fentanyl use you should know:

The signs of fentanyl use or withdrawal are similar to other opioids and may include:

  • Poor coordination
  • Chest tightness
  • Mood changes
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Hallucinations
  • Abnormal thoughts

Fentanyl can be snorted, smoked, injected, or taken orally.  A person who is addicted to fentanyl will buy it from people who have a legal prescription.  Also, they will open a fentanyl patch to eat the gel beads inside.  They will show fear at the prospect of not being able to access the drug.

Fentanyl overdose signs include:

Fentanyl overdose is potentially deadly.  Familiarize yourself and your loved ones with these symptoms:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Confusion
  • Cold, clammy skin
  • Blue color to lips and fingernails
  • Shallow breathing
  • Low blood pressure
  • Slowed heart rate
  • Gurgling sounds when breathing
  • Seizures
  • Foaming at the mouth
  • Unconsciousness
  • Coma

Symptoms of fentanyl overdose can occur within seconds or minutes after injecting the substance.  Contact 911 if you know a person has used fentanyl or any other drug and is displaying these symptoms.

Treatment for Fentanyl Abuse or Addiction

Getting treatment for fentanyl abuse or addiction can prevent fentanyl overdose deaths.  The sooner a person receives treatment, the easier their recovery process will be.  Remember, surviving an overdose is no guarantee that you’ll survive the next one.

At New Beginnings Recovery, we understand the challenges of overcoming addiction.  Our team of professionals is trained and equipped to provide the expertise and compassion needed during this difficult time.   Also, our multi-modality programs offer a full range of treatment options to ensure your lasting recovery.