If you live in Nashville, TN and you’re a heroin user, we have some not so good news for you.
If You’re a Heroin User in Nashville, You’re Most Likely Snorting or Injecting Fentanyl
Fentanyl has become a serious problem for heroin users in the past 10-12 years. While some heroin users might think they’re snorting or injecting pure heroin, it is far more likely they are really taking fentanyl – a drug that’s considered up to 100-times stronger than morphine. Fentanyl is an extremely dangerous drug, making prescription painkillers like morphine, oxymorphone, oxycodone and OxyContin seem weak by comparison.
Nashville Recovery has Developed a Suboxone Treatment Program Specifically for Fentanyl-Laced Heroin Users
This article not only addresses what fentanyl is and why it’s so dangerous, but also explains why the Nashville Recovery doctors have developed a treatment program specifically for heroin users who are actually using fentanyl. The transition to the much safer Suboxone is a process unlike any previous opioid transition. It takes longer and requires a more-intensive approach to transitioning someone from “regular” opioids like oxycodone, hydrocodone, OxyContin and other pain-relieving narcotics.
The good news is, people can now safely quit fentanyl-laced heroin and transition to Suboxone thanks to this incredible program.
Fentanyl is 100-Times Stronger than Morphine
Fentanyl is so strong in fact, that Nashville Recovery has had to implement many additional therapies to help a fentanyl-laced heroin user transition to the much safer Suboxone treatment. Fentanyl is so strong that it demands a program specific for its users.
Fentanyl is often referenced on the street by the following names: Apace, China Girl, China Town, China White, Dance Fever, Goodfellas, Great Bear, He-Man, Poison and Tango & Cash.
Fentanyl is clandestinely manufactured primarily in Mexico. (Source: dea.gov)
Nothing Compares to Fentanyl When Used Intravenously
Morphine is always used as the standard when measuring the strength of an opioid (aka: narcotic) drug. This is what’s known as the “morphine equivalent”. Fentanyl can be up to 100-times stronger than morphine when injected. Clandestinely manufactured fentanyl can have varied strengths from batch to batch, making it even more difficult to establish a baseline for its potency.
Why Is Heroin Laced with Fentanyl?
Profits and strength. Synthetic fentanyl is inexpensive to manufacture, making it cheaper than pure heroin. Heroin dealers add fentanyl to their heroin (known as cutting or lacing) to reduce the cost, as well as make their heroin much, much stronger. As a result, drug dealers make more money while their customers believe they’re getting stronger, purer heroin.
Some heroin dealers even brag about the number of overdoses their fentanyl-laced heroin has caused as a way of ensuring their clients that their product is strong. How sick is that?
Overdose Deaths Involving Synthetic Opioids were Nearly 12-Times Higher in 2019 than in 2013
Rates of overdose deaths involving synthetic opioids other than methadone, which includes fentanyl and fentanyl analogs, increased over 16% from 2018 to 2019. Overdose deaths involving synthetic opioids were nearly 12 times higher in 2019 than in 2013. More than 36,000 people died from overdoses involving synthetic opioids in 2019. (source: sciencedirect.com)
COVID-19 Isolation has Increased Opioid Overdose Rates
Provisional drug overdose death counts just through May 2020 suggest an acceleration of overdose deaths during the COVID-19 pandemic. (source: sciencedirect.com)
A Treatment Program Specifically for Heroin / Fentanyl Users
Nashville Recovery’s doctors are working as a team to develop therapies specific to helping fentanyl users. We’ve successfully transitioned many from fentanyl and heroin to the safer Suboxone using additional therapies, are will continue both research and developments to make it faster and easier for anyone who’s ready to put an end to their heroin and/or fentanyl abuse.
Are You Ready to End Your Drug Abuse?
Nashville Recovery provides both clinic and telemedicine treatments for those suffering from opioid abuse. In most cases, you can now start a Suboxone treatment program that includes private therapy often same-day, without having to leave your home.*
*Regular clinic visits along with urine drug screens are still required.