Drugs are everywhere, even if you don’t notice. Molly, Coke, Ecstasy, Heroin, Meth, they’re all around us. As people evolve, they start to find ways to make more money. People are cutting drugs with other things to make more money. One of the most common things that drugs are laced with is Fentanyl. Fentanyl is an opiod. It is fifty times stronger than Heroin, and a hundred times stronger than Morphine. Fentanyl has become an enormous contributor to fatal/non-fatal overdoses.
Two types of Fentanyl
- Illicitly manufactured
- Pharmaceutical- Prescribed by a doctor for extreme pain, including advanced-stage Cancer.
Cutting drugs with Fentanyl makes them cheaper, stronger, and more dangerous. Illicit Fentanyl is available on the drug market in liquid and powder form. The powdered form is mistaken for a variety of drugs and is mixed with drugs like Heroin/Cocaine/Meth. Most people aren’t aware that their drugs have been laced, which makes them extremely dangerous.
- Tango & Cash
- Murder 8
More than 100 people die from an OD every single day. It’s impossible to detect, but resources have changed over the years. You can now get test strips. They are inexpensive and available for you to be safe. You never know what you are getting when you take the risk of buying drugs off the street. I’m fortunate because I never had to go through the experience of an overdose.
Signs of an overdose
- Losing consciousness
- Weak, slow, or no breathing at all
- Pinpoint pupils
- Discolored skin or nails\
- Choking/gagging on their throwup
- Going limp
What to do if you think someone has overdosed?
- 911 (Duh)
- There is a drug that is now available to buy over the counter. Naloxone is a life-saving drug. It can reverse the effects of an overdose.
- Place the person on their side to avoid them choking on their vomit.
Some laws protect those who have overdosed from any legal problems. Even if you do not use drugs, your friends or loved ones might. Naloxone is available in all fifty states and I believe people should carry it on them when they’re in that sort of environment. Others will think that drug users “made their bed” but they matter just as much as someone not using. By being aware and prepared, we can save lives. We live in a dangerous world. Nothing is for certain. Not everyone understands what it’s like to be an addict, and most people have little empathy for someone who does that to themselves. I believe people would look at them differently if they attempted to understand.
It’s not just addicts who buy drugs. Tons of teenagers/adults use it only for special occasions. I know y’all don’t think everyone goes sober to these festivals and raves. That would be ignorant. I want people to be aware that this is out there. No one is immune to the effects of Fentanyl laced drugs. Everyone be safe and take the necessary precautions if you (or a friend) decide to use something.
Better to be safe than sorry.