United — Drug overdose casualties have reportedly turned into a pandemic in the US in recent times. Substance abuse claimed around 64,000 lives in 2016 which was an alarming 22% rise than the stats recorded (52,404 deaths) the year before. According to leading online addiction news platform The Recover
, fentanyl is the prima donna behind the tragic rise in drug overdose deaths of late and the drug has shown to claim more lives than heroin now.
Fentanyl accounted for around 20,145 casualties in 2016 compared to 15,446 deaths from heroin & 14,427 by other opioid pills.
“Drug overdose was and still continues to be the chief cause of casualties in the America for the under-50 populace. Earlier it was heroin but now it’s mostly fentanyl which is behind these deaths. The worst is, fentanyl is way more powerful than heroin, and has pushed up the ratio of drug overdose deaths to double in the last one year. In fact, fentanyl deaths coupled with casualties caused by cocaine and methamphetamine, have summed up a devastating drug overdose epidemic in the US which is killing people faster than the fatal H.I.V. endemic”, stated a leading spokesperson from The Recover.
But why and how is it that fentanyl is killing more than heroin? One of the most powerful narcotics ever, fentanyl is a strong opioid analgesic which is prescribed for chronic pain. As per the reports from the spokesperson, the opioid is 50 times more powerful when compared to heroin and 100 times more to that of morphine.
Put simply, 30 mg heroin is equivalent to a mere 3 mg fentanyl dose and such a minute dose is fatal enough for an average adult male! A fentanyl overdose can stop the breathing excessively fast and inevitably leads to spot death in almost no time.
Fentanyl and heroin share a slightly different chemical structure. Both the drugs bind to a brain’s opioid receptor, but fentanyl reaches to brain cells way faster than heroin. On top of that, Fentanyl hugs the opioid receptor so tight that just a Nano amount is sufficient to unleash the effects of opioid in the body.
Speaking further, the spokesperson stressed that it’s mostly the IMF (Illicitly Manufactured Fentanyl) which is causing more deaths. IMF is usually manufactured in clandestine labs, which does not follow the clean manufacturing compliances followed by proper pharmaceutical labs. Thus, fentanyl produced in such facilities pose more harmful effects on the body. The worst is, such labs often lace fentanyl with heroin or cocaine that makes the substance even more dangerous.
Among the zones most affected by fentanyl overdoses are surely New Hampshire, Ohio, Maryland, NYC, and Virginia. New Hampshire reported 439 deaths from drug overdose in the year 2015 & 70% of the casualties was caused by fentanyl. As per reports from Massachusetts, fentanyl has had already overtaken heroin when it comes to overdose deaths in the State. Of the 1, 899 opioid deaths in the State last year, around 69% was due to fentanyl.
“Drug overdose fatalities in Ohio staggered to 4,050 in 2016 compared to 3,050 a year back. It means nearly 11 deaths from an opioid overdose a day and such alarming rise is reportedly attributed to increased consumption of fentanyl in the State.”
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