As I’m sure some of you know, when examining a few of the more uncomfortable moments that propel into our lives, there are a few that really come to mind. Getting sand in your ice cream is one. It adds a rather unpleasant crunch. The granules also get stuck in your teeth and it leaves a rather unpleasant “earth” taste that most of us don’t care for in our frozen cow’s milk. So you kind of get the picture. Far from Kodak worthy.
A few other unfortunate circumstances that come to mind could include losing a cell phone, getting sand in your bed, getting in a car accident, getting sand in your shoes, declaring bankruptcy, gaining too much weight, getting sand in your eyes- the list could go on but my problems with Florida sands isn’t the point. The point is that misfortune happens to us all daily. Sometimes we can avoid it, and other times it hits us like a brick to the face without a choice.
Take addiction for instance. Addiction is not something that can be avoided, but the bricks it hits you with can be. The opioid epidemic and being addicted to fentanyl in 2019 are a prime example of this. There are millions of active or recovered addicts kicking and breathing right this very minute, but only some are urging the insanity of such ruckus. Many have accepted recovery into their lives, moving past the inevitable misery that opioids like fentanyl liked to deliver. Those still feeding into this frenzy are susceptible to many uncomfortable moments and/or unfortunate circumstances ahead.
Let there be no mistake, the right amount of alcohol or narcotics put into any individual will have detrimental effects, there’s no doubt about that. But when it comes to the dangers of fentanyl and other pain killers, it seems they tower over that of most other narcotics in 2019. The drug is often abused for its euphoric properties and can be found on the streets as commonly as anything else in this day of age.
The tricky thing about the prescription opioid in question is that, like most opioids, it is technically legal when prescribed by a practicing physician(which rarely happens though due to its strength). Instead, it is usually used in more extreme medical situations in institutions due to its abnormally high effectiveness.
Being addicted to fentanyl has often been viewed at as a father or rival to that of morphine or heroin. It’s stronger in the majority of cases than either of the before mentioned drugs. This likeness is due in nature to its highly addictive qualities, the health related risks it can induce, and its potency. In fact on one side, in a lot of cases, dealers will cut their heroin with fentanyl just to make their product that much stronger. On the other side of that, are the overdoses and people dropping like flies for getting a product stronger than expected.
The deaths don’t just stop with the cut heroin though. Even in legal situations, tons of deaths happen annually in professional settings from improper medical use and distribution of the alleged narcotic. The product comes in many different forms including the likes of:
- IV Liquid Forms
- Standardized Pill Forms
Although, many of the above forms aren’t prescribed unless in dire circumstance, even those prescriptions are risky. Records show that the risks of fentanyl are 50 to 100 times stronger to that of morphine. The chemical makeup is created to hit the person in pain hard and fast, therefore usually not lasting for too long a while. This is where the deaths start racking up. Due to its strong man deliverance and short life span, people will start taking more for the same desired effect while the drug is still coursing thru their system. Most are oblivious to the fact that just because you can’t feel it the same, that doesn’t mean it’s still not coursing through your bloodstream.
Really though, when it comes to being addicted to fentanyl in 2019, different people will become addicted at different rates. Nobody goes through the same addiction because everybody’s addiction is their own. Do not be mistaken though that everybody will eventually wind up in the same boat more or less with continued fentanyl use.
The effects from being addicted to fentanyl will turn one’s whole life upside down as the physical aspects take hold. Lengthy opiate abuse will put kinks in the digestive system causing bowel obstruction and/or constipation. Followed along with the bathroom issues usually comes a weakened immune system and fatigued state. Oh! Don’t forget about the nasty withdrawals that come from being physically dependent.
See, but then there’s also the mental torture it will put you through. Being addicted to fentanyl will steal your soul, turning you into an entirely different being- and one that nobody in their right mind is in favor of at that. With continued abuse comes varying levels of paranoia and delusions. Sometimes our personalities will change and we don’t even recognize the individual making eye contact with us in the mirror. Social withdrawal and isolation will take place as motivation and self esteem start to flap around in the wind.
The hurricane of a drug will do more than just cause some torment and agony. It will take your life in whatever way it can. If not overdose, respiratory distress and heart failure are always close options to follow. In some cases, enough fentanyl in one sitting will destroy the brain and put that person in a coma. Living in a vegetative state for the rest of life just for a good high, doesn’t seem to make much sense when broken down that way. It’s pretty clear to say that being addicted to fentanyl in 2019 is a death sentence and to not be joked about lightly.