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Drug Overdose Deaths Increase At Alarming Rate: What Is Fentanyl?

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Drug overdose deathsWhat-Is-Fentanyl-Warning have been on the rise and you should be worried. For example, near San Francisco, CA, 42 people were treated for overdoses in less than 2 weeks; 10 of them died. Counterfeit pain pills containing fentanyl are to blame for these overdoses, and they are probably in your community now. Here is what you need to know about fentanyl and how you can prevent an overdose.

What Is Fentanyl?

With so many drug overdose deaths in a short amount of time, you might be wondering, what is fentanyl anyway? Fentanyl (common brand names Duragesic, Abstral, Subsys) is a Schedule II controlled narcotic. It’s about 25-50 times more powerful than heroin and up to 100 times more potent than Morphine, according to the DEA.

Related: Warning: Fake Xanax Hitting Florida Streets and Killing Users

The CA overdose deaths have been linked to fake Norco pills. Norco is a prescription painkiller that contains acetaminophen and hydrocodone, except these street-version counterfeit pills do not contain either of those substances. Instead, labs found fentanyl was used to create the pills, according to the Sacramento County Department of Health and Human Services.

In Florida, many recent overdoses have been attributed to counterfeit Xanax. Both counterfeits are being distributed by street dealers.

What If Someone Overdoses?

Call 911! A drug overdose can sometimes be reversed by a drug called naloxone (also known as Narcan) if administered in time.

More and more first responders are carrying naloxone, and now some police departments are training and equipping their officers, like the Delray Beach Police Department in South Florida. And great news for Floridians – Naloxone will soon be available for over-the-counter purchase, as recently signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott to combat rising drug overdose deaths.

If you or someone you know struggles with drug abuse, please take a moment to learn more about the drug here: FDA Approves Overdose Prevention Drug, Naloxone, Nasal-Spray Version

Don’t Take Drugs!

There are extreme warnings by officials out there to not use drugs that have not been prescribed by a doctor. If you feel you can’t stop using or abusing drugs, then we can help. The best way to prevent a drug overdoses it to not use drugs, period. Contact us now at 1-800-861-1768 to learn how you can get off drugs safely and comfortably, and stay clean long-term.

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