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What Do I Need To Know About Opioids?

In the United States, drug overdose deaths are now the leading cause of death for people under 50 years of age. Incredibly, drug overdoses caused more deaths than guns and car accidents. Think about how often you hear about gun violence and car accidents on the news and now consider this: drugs are killing more people and at a faster rate than the peak death rate of the AIDS epidemic. Opioids are playing the biggest role in this tragedy, and it’s only getting worse.

  1. The Opioid Crisis Began With Prescription Painkillers, but Heroin Is Finishing the Job – Thousands upon thousands of people first became hooked on prescription opiates, and when they were no longer able to get or afford pills, they turned to the street. The addition of fentanyl and now, carfentanil has only made heroin more deadly than it already is. Though heroin, fentanyl, and carfentanil are the primary killers, the continued flow of prescription painkillers will keep the cycle going.
  2. Which Areas Are Hardest Hit? – The areas with the most overdose death rates lie in Appalachia, the Rust Belt/Midwest, and New England. Caucasians have been hardest hit, but as the opioid crisis grows, so do populations who are getting sucked into the deadly vortex.
  3. Why Fentanyl? – Drug traffickers and dealers use fentanyl because it is easier and cheaper to get than heroin. They’ll either sell it as-is, or mix it with heroin, usually to unknowing customers. Some say that drug addicts will seek out batches that contain fentanyl or will purposely buy it after finding out it killed someone because of its potency. It’s not fair to make such a blanket statement, because according to research, there are some users that will seek it out, but they are a minority. Most users are exposed to fentanyl and carfentanil unknowingly.
  4. Heroin Isn’t the Only One – Reports are increasingly coming in about fentanyl-laced cocaine. Those who are casual drug users are at an increased risk of dying from fentanyl, all the while thinking they are snorting or smoking cocaine.
  5. Drug Deaths by Age – People in their 20’s and early 30’s have been especially hard hit by the opioid epidemic. In 2000, people in their early 40’s had the highest death rate because of prescription opioids. Now, the younger group is becoming addicted to, and dying, from heroin and/or fentanyl.

You absolutely do not need to be a death rate statistic. We can help you get clean, so you can start living a life you never thought possible—but recovery is possible. Call The Serenity Recovery Center today. We are available toll-free at (844-339-6964). You are worth saving. Don’t let your disease kill you, because it will without help. Call us today.