The Risks of Fake Prescription Pills
An overdose from fentapills is extremely likely no matter what your addiction or how high your tolerance is. I had been using heroin for several years before I entered treatment at Icarus Behavioral Health and had already overdosed once because of fentapills.
The rise of fentanyl and fentapills has become a huge problem in the world of substance abuse. Fentapills are fake pills and have led to many overdose deaths. These black-market pills are hard to decipher, and some drug users don’t even realize they are ingesting fentanyl.
Drug abuse is already a painful and exhausting situation to be in. Having counterfeit drugs like fentanyl on the street has created a whole new wave of panic. Opioid overdose deaths have been trending upward for several years now, and fentanyl is one of the biggest reasons.
Keep reading to find out more about fentapills and how to get off them and into recovery with the help of Icarus Behavioral Health!
The Risks Of Prescription Drugs
Prescription drugs create a lot of problems for drug users. Prescription opioids such as Percocet, oxycodone, Xanax, and other opioids are very popular street drugs. Prescription pills are given out for chronic pain in normal situations, but they can be abused like any other drugs. When prescription pills are abused, it can make it more difficult for those in chronic pain to get the prescriptions they need.
As the use of prescription pills continues to be a problem, so has the rise of synthetic opioids like fentanyl. Typically, fentanyl is distributed in the form of a fake prescription pill. These are known as Fentapills, blues, or shady eighties on the street. The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has had its hands full trying to keep these pills off the street, and dealers responsible for giving them out often face harsh consequences.
At first Fentapills were largely limited to mimicking opioids or other painkillers, but have been increasingly found in counterfeit Xanax and other benzodiazepines as well. Because of the low cost of this ridiculously strong opioid, dealers have even laced coke with fentanyl, with predictably deadly results.
Prescription drug abuse has become an epidemic in this country, and because of that fact, many dealers have tried to find counterfeit pills in order to maximize profit. Getting a prescription pill laced with something else is pretty common on the street, but the mortality rate of fentanyl has brought this issue to the forefront.
The Rise Of Opioid Overdose Deaths
A drug overdose is terrifying. As someone who has experienced it, you wake up in shock. Even though it’s a scary thing to go through, the power of drug abuse will make you continue to use. A lot of times, an overdose is what it takes for someone to attempt to get clean. But for many, the cycle of substance abuse simply continues as normal.
You have no way of knowing what many of the black market drugs that exist really contain. when you suffer from substance use disorder, you’re not worried about what other substances might be in the drug you are consuming. Getting high is the only thing that matters in the moment.
There is no quality control on the street. Drug dealers have found clever ways to lace prescription drugs with non-prescription substances, and the effects have been devastating. While there has been a lot of awareness brought to the issue of prescription drug abuse, it still persists all across the world.
Why Is Fentanyl So Deadly?
Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid that is 50 to 100 times more powerful than morphine. A single dose of fentanyl can be a deadly dose, depending on factors such as your body weight and tolerance. Either way, if you ingest fentanyl accidentally, especially mixed with another drug, it can easily kill you.
Fake pills containing fentanyl are easy to purchase and are widely available on the street. These have been the cause of many overdose deaths in college-age adults, and other teens. Because substances like morphine, Percocet, and oxycodone have become more widely available, so have a lot of underground labs where these fentapills are produced. It’s become much easier to create a fake prescription pill laced with fentanyl.
As overdoses from fentanyl continue to become a giant threat, there has been a bigger push toward educating the public on the dangers of this potent drug. There has been a lot more effort toward prevention, from the drug enforcement administration and other law enforcement and government partners. Unfortunately, drug addicts will continue to do what they do. The best we can do is continue to spread the word and perhaps prevent more overdoses.
If you or someone you love is using fentanyl, the best way to protect yourself (or them) is to seek treatment, and avoid the possibility of becoming a statistic amid the frightening surge of overdose deaths sweeping our country. It really is that potent and scary a drug.
A Single Pill Can Kill
Because one pill can be deadly, the prevention of Fentapills has become one of the biggest discussions recently. It’s very hard to tell the difference between Fentapills and other pharmaceutical-grade pills. Other medications may look exactly the same as Fentapills.
When I was getting over my substance use and seeking treatment, Fentanyl was a relatively new problem. Even though I dodged it, for the most part, it still creates a lot of chaos in the recovery community. Many people who relapse may end up taking these pills, and there is little hope of survival.
Medications such as Naloxone have become more widely available, which is a very useful tool in fighting opioids. Naloxone quickly reverses the effects of an opioid overdose and has been used countless times to save lives. Despite how potent opioids can be, Naloxone has a great track record of reversing overdoses.
How To Embrace Treatment
When I entered treatment for my heroin addiction, I was suffering from a lot of mental health issues during the same period. Icarus Behavioral Health offers a dual diagnosis program that did wonders for me. My family and other families have been helped tremendously by this program.
I understand that it’s not easy to tell someone they need to get clean, but the more you hear it, the more it sticks in your mind. Everyone in my life told me I needed to get help, and finally one day I listened. I’ve always been stubborn and headstrong, even when heroin was ravaging my body, I thought I could fix the problem on my own.
What treatment taught me is that it’s up to the individual to get clean. I had dabbled with a lot of drugs during my early years. Cocaine, methamphetamine, Xanax, oxycodone, and really any opioid I could get my hands on. I assumed my body was accustomed to this drug forever and I would never find sobriety. It’s crazy the things that we can convince ourselves of when we are sick.
You Don’t Have To Lose Your Life To Addiction
As I began to work on my addiction and my mental health issues, I developed the tools necessary to not only help myself, but help others. Sobriety is a huge part of my life now and something I embrace with every bit of energy that I have. Even though I am clean now, I know I’m not fully fixed.
My substance use disorder is still a part of me, it’s just a part of me that I have control over now. Even though I am well aware of the dangers of drug abuse, I am also aware that my addiction can trick me into slipping up. I’ve worked very hard on developing mental toughness and learning as much as I can about what makes me tick.
It’s taken everything in me to get and stay clean, but the rewards are worth it. I go to meetings and am as honest with everyone there as possible. There are days when I may feel weak, but I have others to help pick me up. The community I have gained through my recovery has been extremely supportive and has kept me in check. I’m here for the long haul, and I have many people to thank for that.
If you have found yourself in a relationship with heroin or fentanyl in any form, give yourself a fighting chance and reach out to the folks at Icarus today. In my heart I know I owe my life to making that one phone call, and I cannot thank them enough.
If you are struggling, reach out for recovery and claim your life back today!