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Wednesday, November 01, 2017

More Than Half Of Opioid Overdose Deaths Now Involve Synthetic Drugs Like Fentanyl

If you’ve had any doubt that America is in the throes of an opioid epidemic, perhaps a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will hit the point home.

According to the agency’s latest Morbidity and Mortality report, more than half the opioid overdose deaths in 10 states involved the synthetic drug fentanyl.

The CDC’s report [PDF] looked at opioid overdose deaths during July–Dec. 2016 that tested positive for fentanyl, fentanyl analogs, or U-47700, an illicit synthetic opioid, in 10 states participating in its Enhanced State Opioid Overdose Surveillance (ESOOS) program. It found that Fentanyl was involved in more than 50% of opioid overdose deaths in those states.



superstardebater said...

I was prescribed a 25mg Fentanyl patch one time. It worked pretty good but just didn't get all of the pain so I asked for and received a 50mg patch.

About 1-3am after putting the patch on I could notice my breathing starting to be depressed. Thank goodness I had the presence of mind to remove the patch and wash the area it had been.

My body and mind was a wreck until the following day when it finally had gotten out of my system. I even called my wife, who was on her way to work, to come back home and be with me. I thought I might die and didn't want to die alone.

Obviously, I didn't die but the possibility was there. I took the remaining patches back to the doctor who prescribed them and watched them destroy them and the unopened box of the others back to the pharmacy. Lesson learned.

During that time I learned of some addicts who would scrape the patches and inject the medicine into their bodies. Insane.

Anonymous said...

9:23...Very wise of you. It doesn't take much for Fentanyl to kill you. A friends daughter took some cough syrup with it and laid down while dinner was baking. Her husband found her dead on the sofa call the ambulance but she was too far gone to revive. This drug has no respect for your status of just smothers you to death.

Anonymous said...

My doctor prescribed a pain medication for my head ache. I took one tiny pill and was never so sick in my life. I immediately took the prescription back to my doctor and told him I didn't want them and to be sure to take it off my record. He looked shocked. Guess that doesn't happen much.