What is Fentanyl?
Fentanyl is a powerful opioid which is used as a pain medication or used along with other medications for anesthesia. Fentanyl can also be made illegally and is often mixed with heroin or cocaine. Fentanyl’s most common side effects include nausea, diarrhea, constipation, dry mouth, confusion, sweating, and fatigue. Other symptoms can include anorexia, weight loss, dizziness, nervousness, hallucinations, anxiety, depression, and flu-like symptoms. Fentanyl is becoming more and more available, which means deaths from the drug are also rising.
Why Is Fentanyl So Dangerous?
Fentanyl’s high overdose potential is due to its potency. Fentanyl is 50-100 times more powerful than morphine and 25-50 times more potent than heroin. A very small increase in dosage can easily lead to an overdose. It is this factor that sets fentanyl apart from other opioids. Fentanyl is involved in nearly half of all drug overdoses in Indiana. Because of its potency, fentanyl puts people struggling with opioid addiction at a greater risk of death.
Help Is Here
Hickory House Recovery helps individuals safely detox from fentanyl and offers continuing care in the form of individual and group therapy. Our program helps clients understand the environmental, psychological, and biological roots of their addiction, and provides them with the coping mechanisms necessary to manage cravings and stress.