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Fentanyl: The New King of the Streets

The Fentanyl Epidemic has begun, and yet again, the opiod epidemic has switched gears….

It is no secret that America is in the midst of a catastrophic opioid epidemic One that continues to affect more of our nation’s youth every day. The Fentanyl epidemic has dwarfed that of it’s predecessors. Opioids such as vicodin, oxycodone, and heroin have built quite a reputation as a soul crushing, sinister class of drugs. Recently, a newer drug of unprecedented potency has taken the spotlight, this drug is Fentanyl.

Fentanyl is generally transported from China, and has been known to pack a punch up to 100 times the strength of morphine. It has become notorious for contributing bodies to our nation’s morgues and funeral homes, and has displayed a much more devastating grip on our communities than heroin alone.

Never Alone Recovery’s office in Chicago has experienced this first hand watching the devastation that has been brought upon Chicago. Fentanyl, and its various analogues, have increased the rate of overdose deaths in Cook County, Illinois, by a shocking 400%.

 

Where does the Fentanyl come from?

Fentanyl is generally transported from China, and has been known to pack a punch up to 100 times the strength of morphine. It has become notorious for contributing bodies to our nation’s morgues and funeral homes, and has displayed a much more devastating grip on our communities than heroin alone.

Fentanyl in Chicago

Never Alone Recovery’s office in Chicago has experienced this first hand watching the devastation that has been brought upon Chicago. Fentanyl, and its various analogues, have increased the rate of overdose deaths in Cook County, Illinois, by a shocking 400%.

An article, penned by award winning journalist Phil Rogers, entitled, “Coroners, Parents, Former Users Sound the Alarm-Fentanyl Is A Growing Menace,” speaks on the growing issue of fentanyl abuse in Chicagoland, as well as the dangers associated with it.

All throughout Cook County, home to Chicago, and its neighboring communities the number of deaths associated with fentanyl have spiked dramatically throughout 2016, as well as early 2017, leaving many questioning why exactly this heinous substance only seems to grow in popularity. There are a number of factors involved in the use of this drug amongst the opioid dependent population.

Is Fentanyl easy to find?

Perhaps playing the largest role in this newfound obsession is its high availability in the United States. According to public health officials and law enforcement agencies in Chicago, fentanyl is much cheaper to manufacture than heroin, and can be exponentially more powerful in its effects on the brain, which makes it extremely ideal for drug dealers and distributors. This, in combination with the notoriety of the intense, euphoric high the drug produces, has created a certain desire amongst addicts. According to recovering heroin addict, Michael Young, whose brother was the first reported death in McHenry County, Illinois, “”

Fentanyl is so much more powerful and addicting than heroin…it’s out there and you’ll die from it.

Michael Young
Recovering Addict

How do we fight the Fentanyl Epidemic?

It is paramount that we, as a community, understand exactly what this drug is and why it continues to deepen its hold on the lives of our families, neighbors, and friends.We need to band together and stand united so that we have somewhat of a chance at stopping this menace
The first step is treating those that are already battling substance abuse. We do this by providing evidence-based treatment options to any and all wanting a new way of life.

First Step: Fentanyl Treatment

At Never Alone Recovery, we pride ourselves on being able to help anyone, whether they have private insurance, state-funded insurance, or no insurance at all. We have access to the nation’s top treatment providers, as well as a scholarship program that affords the same access to treatment to everyone.

Step Two: Awareness & Prevention

Beyond treatment, we can start to venture into prevention. This begins at a fundamental level of outreach and education. We can’t stop all the Fentanyl from being smuggled into or synthesized in the US, however we can do our best to make it known that it’s now Fentanyl, not heroin that’s being purchased on the street.

Addiction is a dangerous lifestyle to dwell in, one that will bring even the strongest people to their knees through indescribable measures of pain and degradation. It requires equal amounts of strength and support for someone to make it out alive. Articles which discuss the true nature of addiction and provide educational tools for our communities are what we need at this moment.

Our nation has reached a precipice, upon which we can enact change. One where we will either decide to back away, and allow the disease of addiction to continue eating away at the fabric of our society, or instead choose to face this epidemic head on. We can fight to utilize our experience, knowledge, and resources to recover from addiction.

If you or a loved one are struggling with Fentanyl, or drugs & alcohol in general, please call. We can help.

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