Opioid overdoses fuelled by fentanyl to blame for surge in drug-related deaths

Fentanyl-laced heroin is to blame for the record number of drug-related overdoses in America.

Opioid epidemic

The number of people dying from opioid overdoses each year continues to climb according to a new report released by the Centers for Disease.

Health officials say 91 Americans die from an overdose of opioids every day.

Death rates from opioids have been on the rise since 1999. After rates dipped slightly in 2012, they picked back up again in 2013 and continued to rise the following year.

Last year, they skyrocketed, claiming the lives of 33,091 Americans.

Opioid fentanyl

Overdose deaths from the opioid painkiller fentanyl was the main driver of drug overdose deaths in 2016.

Fentanyl, a pain reliever often given to cancer patients, was the drug that killed pop star Prince last year.

It’s said to be 100 times more potent than morphine and many times that of heroin.

Even more concerning is that dealers cut it into other drugs like heroin to sell to unsuspecting buyers. This cheap tactic gives a stronger high and keeps addicts coming back.

Drug users generally don’t know when their heroin is laced with fentanyl, so when they inject their usual quantity, they can inadvertently take a deadly dose of the substance.

In addition to contaminated heroin, there are reported cases of fentanyl-laced cocaine.

“Fentanyl pose enormous danger not only to people with heroin addictions, but also to anyone — including kids — who might try a drug at a party that isn’t what they think it is,” says FBI Supervisory Special Agent Vincent Chambers.

Treatment for opioid addiction

Addiction to opiates can be treated with the right program. Options include inpatient rehab, outpatient treatment, and more.

Opioid rehab facilities set their own pricing policies. Health insurance may cover some or all of the cost of rehab. Be sure to speak with your insurance provider before entering a treatment facility.

If you need help finding the right type of recovery program to treat opioid addiction, call 1-888-211-0736