Prescription-Laced Heroin Becomes Deadlier

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More than 100 deaths in Detroit area traced back to drugs mixed with fentanyl.

Narcotic painkillers are some of the most addictive and damaging drugs on the market. These can range from drugs like oxycodone and vicodin to heroin and methadone. One prescription drug in this category that has recently made headlines is fentanyl, which is said to be 80 times more powerful than morphine.

Officials in the Detroit area claimed there have been 106 drug-related deaths near the city between September and March and most of them were linked to fentanyl mixed with other drugs. There were 33 such deaths in the past week and many are suspected of being the result of the same deadly combination of drugs.

Reports surfaced before the weekend that area drug counselors were trying to get the word out on the street about the deadlier drug combination being sold, while at the same time the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) was working to track down the source of the mixture. Although Detroit has been the hardest hit, evidence of similar occurrences has been found in Atlanta, Chicago, New York and Philadelphia and other places as well.

According to the DEA, fentanyl was first synthesized in Belgium in the late 1950s, and because of its potency prescriptions are typically for very small amounts administered orally or through a patch for severe pain.

Today there are several variations of the drug, called analogues, some of which are produced clandestinely and can be hundreds of times more powerful than heroin. Like many narcotic painkillers, this drug has been abused on the street for decades, but unaware users are not prepared for the severe effects.

“Your heart goes out to the people dealing with the loss of a loved one, especially in this situation,” says Erica, who is a former heroin addict turned drug counselor. “I wish there was more that we could do to help, but making people aware of the problem, and that there is a solution to drug addiction overall, can at least benefit those looking for a way out and seeking help for loved ones.”

Erica is an executive at Narconon Arrowhead, which is one of the nation’s largest and most successful drug rehabilitation and education centers. The program does not use any substitute drugs to treat addiction and applies the effective modality researched and developed by American author and humanitarian L. Ron Hubbard to assist people in overcoming addiction.

For more information about different types of drugs or how to get help for a loved one in need, contact Narconon Arrowhead today by visiting or calling 1-800-468-6933.


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