Drug abuse is not something that authorities will take for granted. While most American adults think that smoking marijuana is risk-free, heroin must be different even for them. Officials warn about the dangers of a new type of heroin.
Pennsylvania officials announced that the new type of heroin is actually a mix consisting of the old drug and other substances, such as animal tranquilizer. The latter substance has been identified as carfentanil – a sedative used by veterinaries with large-sized animals, such as horses. It is considered to be ten thousand times stronger than regular morphine. For humans, the substance can be deadly.
Authorities fear that the new lethal combination will spread in other states too. According to an official statement, the substance
“is causing overdoses and deaths in neighboring states and might soon be circulating in the commonwealth.”
Specialists warn against the risks of exposure to carfentanil. Anyone who is in contact with the substance can be affected, as it can damage your system only by inhaling or touching it.
Officials try as hard as they can to raise awareness among community members of the dangers of the new type of heroin and of the administration of carfentanil in humans. Hospitals are equipped so that they can provide the best of care for patients. Doctors think that a substance called naloxone will help them reverse the effect of the previous drug, although there no studies documenting on the relation between the two.
Authorities are concerned about heroin users. They also fear that consumers can be administered the drug without realizing what the type of substance they use.
Although heroin is used as a painkiller, consumers are addictive to its side effects, such as euphoric states. It is highly addictive, and this is why many users can’t quit, once they took up the habit.
Last years’ reports on drug usage show high rates on heroin and other opioids. More than three thousand people died in 2015 because of overdoses. The numbers seem to increase every year. Other painkillers are also common among users.
Specialists advise health providers to lower the quantity of painkillers they release, as well as to reduce the time of treatment prescribed to patients. They suggest that a three-day treatment is enough for severe pain, and advise patients to lower their painkiller doses after reaching improvement. This way, they will reduce the risk of addiction and side effects.
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