Heroin is a dangerous drug in itself. But when it’s mixed with toxic chemicals and other powerful synthetic opiates such as fentanyl and even worse, carfentanil (a large animal sedative / tranquilizer), addicts are at even greater risk of heroin overdose and death.
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New Super Potent Blend of Heroin Results in Mass Overdose Across 2 States
Ohio and Indiana are making headlines in the addiction community as a string of multiple heroin overdoses have plagued both states since last week. The numbers are astronomically high as much as up to 75 people have overdosed, with several people fatally succumbing during the ordeal.
These numbers reflect a horrifying new upswing in the amount of heroin overdose deaths in the country. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that death by overdose is now the number one cause of accidental death in the country. In particular the amount of deaths related to opiates and opioids like heroin and prescription drugs Oxycontin and Oxycodone are rising at hyperspeed rates.
Super Heroin at Fault?
Authorities in Jennings County and Hamilton County suspect this recent outbreak of overdoses were tainted with the opioid Fentanyl and a newcomer to the scene Carfentanil. Fentanyl has been at the forefront of most of these overdoses breaking out across the nation currently. According the Drug Enforcement Agency it apparently is 50 times more potent than heroin. Carfentanil likewise is no lightweight when it comes to opioid painkillers. It reportedly is used primarily to sedate extremely large animals like elephants.
It is no wonder then that people are dropping like flies all over the country. Heroin by itself is usually perfectly sufficient to potentially cause an overdose in a subject. Now you have heroin laced with these abnormally super strong opioids like fentanyl and carfentanil and you have the perfect recipe for disaster. Users are getting higher than they’ve ever been before, but at a significant cost. The percentages are not leaning in the favor of the user. Any moment experimenting with these exotic new blends of opiates and opioids is essentially playing with a loaded gun.
Naloxone Saving Lives
In all of these most recent spate of heroin overdose outbreaks Naloxone (Narcan) was used to treat the individuals whose lives so delicately hanged in the balance. Naloxone is a new medication that blocks, and in effect, reverses the symptoms of an opioid overdose. Countless lives were spared due to emergency responders now being required to carry the medication in most states. The price of Naloxone, incidentally, has now soared as a result of this new demand.
Despite the administration of Naloxone at the scene of these overdoses, emergency responders and medical resources are being overwhelmed with the skyrocketing number of overdoses. Police in some states are even being required to carry the medication with them in event of a heroin overdose where emergency responders are not available. Delray Beach Police department was one of the first in the country usher in this new policy.
What’s the Answer?
In light of these troubling events the question remains of what can be done to address this monstrous epidemic facing the country. Opioid abuse has continued to escalate and the number of deaths from 2002-2013 has quadrupled. The Seymour Police Department in Jennings County Indiana issued a stern warning on their Facebook page in response to the incidents. The decree reminded potential would-be users that this new form of heroin contains fentanyl and death’s have been rising at an alarming rate.
Awareness of the issue is the starting point to turning the situation around. The more people are aware of the grim statistics the more likely they are to decline using. However this is not always the case and some people are going to use anyway. Having Naloxone on hand is comforting in these cases. As always the best defense is a good offense. Having strategies like these in place will help save lives. The good news is that lives are being saved despite the grim and sobering numbers.
William – Publisher and Founder of Kill the Heroin Epidemic Nationwide™
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