USA (PRWEB) August 31, 2014
According to an article posted in Medical News Today (8/21), entitled Emerging Street Drug Fifteen Times Stronger than Heroin, a new opiate has begun to hit the streets of America which is fifteen times more potent than heroin. Known as acetyl fentanyl, this opiate is a non-medical use drug that has been linked to many overdoses and emergency room visits among opiate addicts because it is much more serious than other drugs. While an individual might demonstrate the signs of a heroin overdose, they (many without even knowing) may have been intravenously taking acetyl fentanyl. This is particularly dangerous because the dosage of naloxone is much higher for those who have overdosed on acetyl fentanyl versus heroin, which means that emergency room physicians may not be treating some overdose patients with enough naloxone to treat an acetyl fentanyl overdose.
Interestingly enough, it has been found that many heroin users themselves are unaware that they are receiving or injecting themselves with acetyl fentanyl, which makes overdosing on this drug even more risky for users. According to the article, acetyl fentanyl legality falls into a grey area, when it is packaged with a “not for human consumption” label it is technically considered legal, which makes access to it much easier for users and dealers. Based on this article, it is important for additional medical research to be conducted in order to help medical professionals identify these types of overdoses and develop better means to help the individuals they see to survive.
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