Fentanyl-Laced Drug Abuse is on the Rise
Fentanyl-Laced Drug Abuse
A dangerous trend currently on the rise is the combination of heroin and fentanyl to create a more potent high. This deadly combination is becoming more prevalent, as authorities are reporting more and more cases of fentanyl-laced heroin seizure due to fentanyl-laced drug abuse.
However, mixing fentanyl with heroin is not the only troubling combination. New seizures have found fentanyl-laced cocaine. This new drug cocktail is confusing authorities, as fentanyl is a depressant and cocaine is a stimulant. The new mixture creates a constant fluctuation between being “up” and “down” as the body struggles to maintain control of its erratic sensations.
Cocaine use is dangerous enough. Lacing it with fentanyl makes the drug significantly more lethal, especially to unsuspecting users. Fentanyl-laced cocaine is more likely to cause an overdose than cocaine alone. The reason for this is, most cocaine users are not opioid users and are, thus, more susceptible to the negative effects of fentanyl.
Despite the danger, the fentanyl trend is increasing significantly. Fentanyl-laced drug abuse investigations are producing more fentanyl-laced samples. Moreover, overdosing from Fentanyl-laced drug abuse is steadily on the rise. The increasing prevalence of fentanyl-laced drugs is easy to explain – profit. While mixing their drugs with fentanyl does make the drug deadlier, it also allows for less need of cocaine or heroin to make the product weigh the same as it usually does. The product is more potent, which fills users’ needs for a better high, if they survive of course. The sad reality is that dealers care little for users; they only care about their bottom line. If mixing a drug with a deadly substance allows them to sell less actual product for more money, they are naturally going to do so.
Drug addiction is already a dangerous illness. With the addition of new drugs and mixtures, it gets that much more dangerous. If you feel you (or someone you know) need(s) help kicking the habit or maintaining sobriety, Get Real Recovery has the resources to improve your chances of a successful recovery.