Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid, and is similar to morphine, but is around 100 times more potent. Pharmaceutical grade fentanyl is a common prescription to treat chronic pain, and it is widely used in hospitals across America. Pharmaceutical fentanyl has always been abused and sold illegally like any other opioid. Today, synthetic opioids such as fentanyl are now the most common drugs involved in overdose deaths throughout the United States. The fentanyl that is mainly responsible for this is non-pharmaceutical fentanyl, which is made in labs in China and smuggled into the United States. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, in 2017 59% of all the opioid-related deaths involved fentanyl. Non-pharmaceutical grade fentanyl is also being cut into illicit drugs such as cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin, marijuana, and even club drugs, resulting in countless accidental opioid-related deaths.
However, despite the potency of pharmaceutical-grade fentanyl, people abuse it and become addicted to it. When fentanyl is prescribed, it is given to patients who have a tolerance for every other type of opioid. Addiction to this drug is common and intervention is the best way to help an addict get the treatment they need. Newman Interventions helps families across the country who have a loved one addicted to this type of opioid. An intervention for a fentanyl addiction is approached the same way as any other opioid addiction. There is a significant amount of planning involved because the intervention must take place while they are not using or going through severe withdrawal. Intervention for opioid addiction is successful, but the family must be on board with following through with the bottom line.