Fentanyl, is a narcotic analgesic that is used to treat very serious chronic pain. The drug, which is a member of the opiate family, can be habit-forming when used constantly over a long period of time. Fentanyl is currently available by prescription in two forms, a patch form known as Duragesic, and Actiq, which are lozenges that are taken orally. Drug users trying to abuse Fentanyl may try to leave the patch on for an excess of time, chew on it, or leave the lozenges in their moth for an extended time to ingest the gel to get high. These forms of overuse can quickly lead to an accidental overdose of Fentanyl due to the high potency of the drug.
Many people currently using Fentanyl may have a sports injury, suffered from a traumatic event, or as a pain reducer in medical emergenices. Medical experts claim Fentanyl is the best way to reduce pain making it more effective than morphine and Oxycodone. So how does this drug work so effectively? Once released through the body the opiate attaches to the brain's opiate receptors and alters the reward receptors thus creating a euphoric feeling and eliminating pain.
It's important to look into what type of drug Fentanyl is. It's considered a class 2 or Schedule 2 drug , which means this class of drugs has the highest likeliness for abuse and dependence. Fentanyl shares this class with other substances such as other opioids like morphine, Oxycodone, hydromorphone, and methadone. These drugs are legal if used with a prescription but due to their low-cost are readily available on the streets for illegal use. Stopping Fentanyl use abruptly may cause withdrawal symptoms much like other opiates. Many people describe these symptoms as similar to flu symptoms.
The reason for overusing Fentanyl is different for everyone but many are looking for new ways to get high. Opiates are among a class of drugs that people can develop a tolerance to overtime. This simply means that chronic users need increasing dosages to experience the same pain relief and euphoria they did previously. This tolerance can cause persistent drug users to seek stronger drugs that will give them a quicker and faster high. For some chasing the high becomes their main priority. They will ask friends, search the internet and may experiment with a mixture of various drugs to find more effective pain relief and a better high.
The current cultural belief system surrounding opiates is confusing. While drug treatment professionals have listed opiates among the fasting growing addiction problem in our country; doctors are prescribing opiates at faster rates than ever before. It is common for opiates to be prescribed for minor procedures including dental work, dermatological work or minor aches and pains. When taken as prescribed opiates provide effective pain relief for those people who do not have an allergy.
Unfortunately the outdated and erroneous belief system that addiction is a disease seems to be the number one contributing factor in the high rates of opiate addiction problems. People who have read or been told that they are likely to become hooked on Fentanyl and develop a craving to use more and more are more likely to become problem users. The truth all people maintain the power of choice with respect to all opiates including Fentanyl and can stop use at any time. To stop using Fentanyl and avoid withdrawal symptoms, physicians recommend slowly decreasing the dosage over the course of several days to a few weeks. For habitual users, decreasing the dosage may seem too difficult and they may prefer going to a detox facility or simply stopping their usage all at once and accepting the 3 - 5 days of withdrawal symptoms.
The St Jude Program can help you overcome a fentanyl addiction, or over use of other opiates such as morphine, Oxycodone, hydromorphone, and methadone for good. Feeling dependent, out of control and unhappy is no way to live life; Saint JudeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s can help you not only restore happiness but find new passion and fulfillment in your life. If you want to be drug free but you don't know where to start, call St Jude's today. Our family consultants are happy to provide you with a free consultation to see if our program is right for you.