Fentanyl Making Heroin Even Deadlier
Posted By Schick Shadel || Aug 26, 2015
It is common knowledge that heroin is an addictive and often fatal drug that can cause both emotional and physical damage. However, U.S. drug officials are now warning users to be aware of heroin that has been laced with the potent drug fentanyl. Deaths due to heroin overdose were already a problem, but with this new form of heroin, there is an epidemic of overdose.
Fentanyl is a drug used as a sedative in severe cases. Pharmaceutical-grade fentanyl is usually used as an anesthetic. The painkiller is believed to be 30 to 50 times stronger than heroin and 80 to 100 times more powerful than morphine, according to U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. Acetyl fentanyl supposedly has a higher potency and is forbidden from even medical use in the United States.
It is believed that drug dealers are now supplementing heroin with fentanyl to enhance the effects. Mexican cartels are allegedly producing this combination drug at a higher rate and sneaking it into America. Acetyl fentanyl sells as a higher rate than simple heroin and offers a stronger high. However, two milligrams or less has the power to kill users. Many addicts are unaware of this new version, thus deaths are occurring more frequently, according to drug officials.
Between 2013 and 2014, officials found 700 fentanyl related deaths. In fact, two years ago, there were only 7 deaths related to illegal fentanyl. The number recently jumped up to 43 fatalities. Not only that, but officials say that in July alone there has been at least one person dead because of a drug overdose. The attorney general and officials are looking to implement harsher punishments for using the illicit drug. They are hoping that the consequences will dissuade addicts from turning to laced heroin.
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