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What to Know About Fentanyl-Laced Cocaine

There is a huge danger lurking on street corners and inside people’s homes. Fentanyl-laced cocaine is gaining in popularity as it is being mixed into the supply of heroin and other drugs, as well. Unsuspecting users of the drugs are ending up with overdoses or dying in record numbers due to the toxicity of fentanyl. It is so powerful that it can kill a person with just a small dose. Learn more about this lethal cocktail and how to help a loved one in need of support for addiction.

Dangers

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state fentanyl, which is up to 50 times more powerful than heroin, was found in more than half of overdose deaths last year in 10 states. There is grave concern fentanyl is creeping into cocaine. College campuses, street corners, residential homes, workplaces, and more are becoming grounds for people struggling with addiction. It knows no boundaries and everyone who tries the drug, for the first time, or after a long time using drugs, can encounter fentanyl at any moment. Without naloxone to reverse the effects of an overdose (sometimes even then), the first time encountering fentanyl may be the last.

Who’s Adding Fentanyl

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) says adding fentanyl to cocaine is typically for the purpose of ‘speedballing,’ which combines the rush of a stimulant (like cocaine) with a drug that depresses the nervous system (like heroin). Fentanyl makes this a dangerous, even lethal, way to create a different kind of high. Something else may also be playing a role in the current surge of cocaine/fentanyl overdoses and deaths. It looks like fentanyl may be showing up in cocaine accidentally through cross contamination of product. There is also malicious intent being speculated by researchers regarding cartel leaders who are using cocaine to expand the market of people with addiction to opioids. People who were just using cocaine occasionally may be using it daily as part of an addictive pattern of behavior. Fentanyl may be added into the supply because it has a higher likelihood of addiction, drawing people back time and again. Adding fentanyl may actually be scaring some people away rather than drawing them back, which creates a backlash in the market for drugs.

Warnings

There are many warnings being leveled at people who are struggling with addiction or thinking about trying cocaine. Fentanyl is likely to be in the supply a person is looking to try, which increases the likelihood of dying from use, whether it is the first time or one of many times using the drug. The chances of overdose are much higher now than they have ever been, largely due to the increased presence of fentanyl in drugs. The best prescription for not overdosing on fentanyl-laced cocaine is to stay away from the drug and seek help for addiction as quickly as possible. Staying clean and sober is the best way to ensure long term health and well-being.

Addiction to cocaine is not only dangerous, it may be lethal. There are risks for anyone with addiction, but fentanyl is taking many lives. If you are struggling with addiction of any kind, call Serenity. We will work with you to address all the issues causing the addictive behavior and support your recovery and aftercare. Call us 24/7 at our toll-free number: 844-339-6964