By now, you’re probably all too familiar with stories about the dangers of opioids like Heroin and Fentanyl. It appears that there’s a new drug on the scene, and it’s even more frightening. Carfentanil – which is also a known elephant tranquilizer and chemical weapon – is being abused in the United States. The risks of using it are monumental, and even one tiny dose can be fatal in humans.
If have been exposed to Carfentanil, an opioid rehab is the answer for your recovery. This might concern you if you’ve never been to a treatment center before. However, you should know that stopping your use of this drug on your own can be dangerous. You want to avoid a potentially deadly overdose, which can easily occur with this drug.
For those who have used Carfentanil, rehab offers them hope. The more you know about rehab, the more at ease you may feel about asking for help. Synthetic opioids like this one need to be treated professionally. This is the only way that you’ll be able to recover successfully.
An addiction is progressive, and no one means to get addicted to anything. Regardless, the right type of help is available for you. Let’s start by discussing this drug in more detail.
The Carfentanil drug is an analog of synthetic fentanyl. It’s a very powerful medication that is 10,000 times as potent as morphine. It’s also 5,000 times more powerful than heroin and 100 times more powerful than fentanyl.
This drug was first made in 1974 by chemists at Janssen Pharmaceutica. Today, it is classified as a Schedule II drug under the Controlled Substances Act in the U.S. Some people may call it Carfentanyl, and it is sold under the trade name Wildnil. Its formula is C24H30N2O3.
Carfentanil is more than just a drug. It’s been called a chemical weapon, and its toxicity is very close to that of nerve gas. Tragically, it’s also a weapon that isn’t very difficult to obtain.
In China, the drug is unregulated. 12 different businesses stated that they would export a kilo of it for only a few thousand dollars. It has been sent to countries like the United Kingdom, Germany, Australia and of course, the United States.
Because it isn’t a controlled substance in China, Carfentanil can be manufactured and sold openly and legally online. Even though the United States government is pressuring them to blacklist it, its sale continues.
To make matters worse, Chinese businesses will also offer tips on how to get packages past customs. While some of the shipments are seized, many will make it to their destinations successfully.
Carfentanil doesn’t have many approved uses, and it is not approved for human use at all. According to the DEA’s warnings, this drug should only be used as a tranquilizing agent for elephants and other large mammals. It’s available in zoos, and workers must wear gloves and other protective gear when administering it.
It’s not known how much could be fatal for a human being. Some experts say that 10 mg is enough to cause death. Others state that it may only take as little as 2 mg. It can be absorbed through the skin, which means coming into contact with it at all is dangerous.
Most people end up abusing Carfentanil accidentally. It looks very similar to heroin or cocaine, and drug dealers will lace these and other drugs with it. They may also press the powder into pills that look like other types of prescription medications.
The use of this drug has become a serious problem in the Midwest. Officials in Ohio went so far as to declare a public health emergency. The Director of the Hamilton County Heroin Task Force in Southwest Ohio stated, “Instead of having four or five overdoses in a day, you’re having these 20, 30, 40, maybe even 50 overdoses in a day.” These numbers are overwhelming, and they’re more than first responders can keep up with.
Because the use of this drug is rarely intentional, some experts are calling the drug dealers murderers. They liken it to pulling out a gun and shooting someone. It’s intentional, and something must be done to stop it.
Chances are good that if you have been exposed to this drug, it was accidental. You may also have an addiction to heroin or fentanyl. If so, you need professional treatment to stop using.
An opioid treatment facility is a place that specifically offers help to people who are addicted to these types of drugs. This is a powerful, synthetic opioid drug. It requires a certain type of treatment, and not all approaches will be effective.
It’s important to choose a facility where the staff understands this addiction. In many ways, it’s different from addictions to other types of opioid drugs. You only want to work with professionals who have successfully treated people who have used Carfentanil before.
You will want to get professional treatment for your addiction, rather than trying to quit alone. This is because the problem is actually made up of two parts. You have the physical addiction, which is what causes you to crave drugs. You also have the psychological part, which causes you to believe you need them.
When you get help from a drug rehab, they understand how complex your addiction is. They’ll be able to assist you with getting the help you need to quit. Trying to quit on your own carries a host of risks. We’ll talk about those more in just a moment.
From the moment you walk through the door, you’ll be welcomed warmly. You’ll be introduced to staff, and eventually you’ll also meet other patients. You’ll get an assessment done right away. This will help staff members understand the depth of your addiction. They’ll be able to immediately pinpoint the types of treatment you need.
Once your assessment is finished, you’ll be ready to start detox and then rehab. This means treating the different components of your addiction separately.
Carfentanil is a powerful drug that affects the mind and the body in many ways. Those effects are compounded if you use it alongside other drugs, like heroin. If you’ve ever gone without using, you understand how difficult withdrawal can be. This is why it’s important for you to go through detox first.
Drug detox works because it addresses your withdrawal symptoms. The goal is to get your body to process those toxins out. Once it does, you’ll begin to feel better. Detox aids in this process, and it also helps to treat or even eliminate your withdrawal symptoms.
You will most likely need medical detox if you’re addicted to Carfentanil. This means you’ll be given medications to help you with your symptoms. You may be offered opioid replacement therapy, and be given a drug like Subutex or Suboxone. Both of these work on the opioid receptors in your body. The relief you’ll experience will be quick, and you’ll start feeling more like yourself soon.
Medication assisted detox is a form of detoxification that has gained new ground in recent months. Many people are finding it to be extremely helpful during their recoveries. Vivitrol is one of newest medications on the market, and it’s shown to be very effective.
For those who are withdrawing from Carfentanil, they’re usually also withdrawing from heroin or another drug. The withdrawal symptoms are very similar to heroin, but users say that there is one distinct difference.
Heroin withdrawal symptoms are known for coming on slowly and then increasing in severity and intensity. This usually happens over a period of a few days. That isn’t the case with Carfentanil. There is no gradual onset of symptoms. Instead, users report that when withdrawals begin, they happen all at once, and with a powerful severity.
Some of the withdrawal symptoms you might experience with Carfentanil include:
This YouTube video offers even more insight into the symptoms of withdrawal from this deadly drug. You can see why it might be so hard for someone who is using Carfentanil to consider recovering. Hopefully, you’ll also see why you should never attempt to do it on your own.
Group therapy, family therapy and other forms of treatment will also be implemented for you in rehab. All of these will come together to form a treatment plan that will be designed specifically for you.
There are many different types of rehabilitation programs. Not all of them are right for everyone. You may have specific needs that are best addressed in a certain type of rehab. For that reason, it’s important to find the one that will work best for you.
Outpatient programs, or OP is one way that you can get help for your addiction. However, you should be forewarned that you might not be appropriate for this type of care. This is because outpatient programs are usually best for those who have gone through inpatient rehab before.
During OP, you’ll most likely only be meeting with a therapist on a regular basis. Your appointments may be about an hour long, and that might not be enough support.
If you have a good support system at home, this is an option that might be available to you. You should talk with the person doing your assessment to find out for sure.
If you’re not able to go to an inpatient rehab, intensive outpatient programs are great alternatives. These programs offer longer appointments several days during the week. The appointments are usually held during the evening hours, which is very convenient. You can still work, go to school and care for your family while you’re in rehab. Patients attend group therapy and get to meet with the therapist regularly.
You’ll get a much higher level of care at an IOP than you would at a traditional outpatient center. This is usually what people who are new to treatment need when they first quit.
Most people find that going to an inpatient rehab program is the right choice for them. They’re able to get a high level of care and they have support 24/7. Inpatient treatment is often combined with detox, and you can usually find both at the same location.
During your inpatient treatment, you’ll stay at the facility for about 30 days. You’ll be immersed in rehab, and participate in many types of therapy. You’ll also have some downtime for you to reflect and relax as you heal from your addiction.
If you’ve been an addict for quite some time, you may need longer to heal and recover. Most inpatient programs aren’t able to extend the amount of time you can stay. For this reason, residential treatment offers you the help you need.
Long-term care facilities exist so that patients who need more help can get it. You may be able to stay up to six months, or even longer in some cases. Many offer their own therapy programs. Others require you to find outside therapy and are run more like sober living homes.
In the minds of many people, an inpatient treatment program seems like an inconvenience. It may be difficult for you to imagine going away to rehab for 30 days to get help. However, we want to encourage you to strongly consider it if you have been exposed to Carfentanil.
Receiving a High Level of Support – Being an addict has wreaked havoc in your life. You have probably made many changes in order to accommodate your substance abuse problem. It can be hard to make the transition from regular drug use to complete abstinence. That means you’ll need a lot of support during that time. You’ll receive it in an inpatient facility.
The Danger of Carfentanil Exposure if You Relapse – If you already know you’ve taken Carfentanil, then that means it’s available in your area. As many as 60% of people in addiction recovery will suffer from a relapse. Relapses do happen, but that doesn’t mean it has to happen to you. You have a much better chance of avoiding it if you obtain a high level of care right from the beginning.
The Availability of Medical Professionals – All kinds of complications can occur when you stop using street drugs. The same is true for a synthetic opioid like Carfentanil. You could develop seizures, have heart problems, or experience other types of problems. It’s very important for you to be close to medical professionals who can intervene in the event of an emergency.
Having the Opportunity to Treat the Root Cause of Your Addiction – You may not have any idea what it was that caused you to become an addict. Sometimes people have an idea, but they’re often wrong about the underlying reasons. You could be suffering from a co-occurring disorder, which means having a mental health condition that needs treatment. If you are, it’s critical for you to get the help you need. You’ll have access to dual diagnosis treatment in an inpatient program. That means both conditions can be treated at the same time.
Being Able to Re-Learn How to Live Without Drug Dependence – As we mentioned previously, your life got turned upside-down when you started using. You may not even remember what it’s like to go without drugs. The staff will help you re-learn what it means to live without them. It will be challenging, but it will be much easier for you if you have professional help during the process.
You may have always thought that you would need to pay for rehab out of your pocket. If you have insurance, you won’t. Going to an inpatient program can cost several thousand dollars. The amount is even higher for those who also need detox services. Fortunately, if you have health insurance, many of these costs will be covered.
Your health insurance company is required by law to offer you addiction treatment benefits. This falls under the mandates in the Affordable Care Act. If you don’t currently have health insurance, you can apply for a policy right online.
It is possible for you to get help for your addiction at no cost to you. SAMHSA offers grants to many addiction treatment centers for this purpose. All you need to do is contact a drug rehab near you and ask for more information. They will be able to either off you help, or assist you with finding out where you can get it.
Sometimes people truly believe that they can quit using drugs on their own. They think that all it will take is having enough willpower. If this is how you feel, we want to caution you. It might seem heroic to attempt to quit taking this powerful drug. However, you could be putting your life at risk if you try it. This is a very potent drug, and the withdrawal symptoms can be overwhelming, as we’ve discussed.
When people attempt to quit using drugs laced with Carfentanil on their own, they’re often not able to. In a weak moment, they reason with themselves, and then go back to using. This is called suffering from a relapse.
With any opioid drug, a relapse can be deadly. With this one, the dangers are magnified even more. To illustrate, The Huffington Post recently published a picture demonstrating how much Carfentanil it can take to kill a human. The amount was equal to a grain of salt.
It’s possible to overdose on Carfentanil with any use of this drug. However, if you have a relapse, you’re almost certain to overdose on it. You may not be able to reach help in time if you do.
If you do overdose on Carfentanil, you’re likely to experience the following symptoms:
If you think you’re going to relapse, please don’t use this drug when you’re alone. Make sure the person you’re with understands the symptoms of an overdose. It may be necessary to call 911 right away. Paramedics can administer Naloxone at the scene, which could save your life.
Now that you have all the information you need about addiction recovery, you may still have some pressing questions. Carfentanil is one of the newer drugs on the market. If you’ve been exposed to it, you need to know exactly what you’re dealing with. It’s important to know the risks and get all of your questions answered.
We’d like to take this opportunity to answer some of your questions. We’ve listed some of the ones we get most below.
It might seem to confusing to you to think that a drug dealer would lace a drug with a fatal chemical. It is surprising, unless you understand the motives behind it.
Heroin is often very expensive for dealers to obtain, and even more so when it’s purer. Drug addicts are looking for the purest forms of the drug that they can find. It’s not uncommon for dealers to lie about their purity of their products. They can get away with that by including additives that look like the drug they’re selling.
Carfentanil is very similar in appearance to heroin. It’s also much cheaper. Drug dealers can easily cut heroin with a little bit of it to save money. They do run the risk of killing their customers. However, those with higher tolerances to opioids may see their products as superior. This can keep them coming back for more.
If you overdose on Carfentanil, you probably won’t have any idea what’s happening. This drug is so potent and so powerful that it will immediately cause a blackout. This means that you won’t remember anything at all. You won’t be able to respond to anyone, and if you don’t get immediate medical help, you could die.
One addict described his experience with overdosing on Carfentanil. As he states, he had no idea what he was doing. This is the saddest part about this drug. People who end up using it aren’t aware that their substances have been laced with it. The result is often fatal unless emergency responders are called right away.
While it is possible for someone to survive an overdose with immediate treatment, there are still risks. It may only take a matter of a few seconds for the drug to take someone’s life.
If you have a loved one with a history of overdoses, you may be very aware of the dangers. You need to immediately call 911 for help. Paramedics can administer Naloxone at the scene. However, it can take a lot of this life-saving drug for it to be effective with Carfentanil. This might mean giving it every two to three minutes until the individual is breathing on their own for 15 minutes.
EMS workers are taking their lives into their hands when they respond to overdoses. This is especially true because of drugs laced with Carfentanil and other dangerous additives.
New Hamphire’s Governor, Chris Sununu reported that, “It presents a serious risk to public safety, first responders, medical treatment and laboratory personnel because it can be absorbed through the skin or accidentally inhaled.”
Since this problem emerged, first responders have been trained on how to avoid getting exposed. However, that doesn’t mean there aren’t real dangers still involved. Accidental exposures do happen, and they will continue to as long as the overdoses are taking place.
When you hear the names Fentanyl and Carfentanil, you may think they’re almost the same. While both of them are dangerous, and both can cause death, there are some differences.
Carfentanil is a synthetic form of fentanyl that, as we’ve discussed, is not for human consumption. It’s 100 times more potent, and its only side effect is death.
Fentanyl, on the other hand, is a prescription drug that people can take for pain. However, it’s only supposed to be prescribed when other opioid drugs don’t work. It still should only be used for a short period of time, otherwise, an addiction can result.
Carfentanil has a half-life of about 7.7 hours, which is about double the half-life of Fentanyl. This means that it will take longer for it to leave your system.
It’s interesting to compare this drug with the half-life of heroin, which is only between 3 and 8 minutes. People who use these drugs together will continue to suffer the effects of Carfentanil much longer.
The use of this drug is still so new, which means it’s not easy to find many statistics. However, there are strong indicators that its use is becoming more and more common. Regarding fatal overdoses in one state:
If Carfentanil goes the way of heroin and fentanyl, it won’t be long before we have more information. This is definitely a part of the opioid epidemic that officials are keeping a close eye on. They’re also working to find ways to provide solutions.
If you have a family member who is a drug user, you’re right to be concerned. Even if they really know their dealers well, there’s no telling where Carfentanil may turn up. You never know when or if it will come to your area, so it’s important to act quickly.
You may be the only person who is able to get through your loved one about the dangers of addiction. As more time passes, the probability of drug users coming into contact with Carfentanil is only going to increase.
You should sit down and have a discussion with your loved one as soon as possible. Let them know what you’ve learned about this dangerous drug. Show them proof in the form of articles that talk about the number of overdoses in the United States.
Most importantly – ask them to get help for their addiction. They may resist you, but please be adamant. Talk to them about it often, and ask them to explain why they won’t go to rehab. If they tell you that they will eventually, but they’re just not ready yet, that’s a classic stalling technique. You may need to take different measures.
You can’t force a loved one to get addiction treatment. However, you shouldn’t stop trying until you’ve exhausted all of your options. This means scheduling an intervention to communicate your message more strongly.
You can obtain intervention services through many drug rehabs all over the country. An interventionist will work closely with you and other concerned family members. They’ll coach you so you’ll know how to prepare for the meeting, and then they’ll lead it on the day of it.
Sometimes people are concerned about being too confrontational with a drug addict by doing an intervention. We can certainly understand your concerns if that’s how you feel. However, please keep in mind that there are very real risks involved with continued drug use. Your loved one could come in contact with Carfentanil the very next time they use. You may be worried about offending them, but their life is much more important.
At this point, you may be very concerned about the possibility of coming into contact with Carfentanil. The problem is that you’re not completely sure you’re addicted. How can you know if you’re an addict?
There are several different ways you can identify an addiction in your own life. The best way is to talk with someone about your situation. Many drug rehabs offer free phone assessments to people just like you. This will give you the opportunity to talk with a professional and get more information. It’s definitely something you may want to consider.
You could also look for some of the more common signs and symptoms of addiction in your own life. These can include:
If you can identify with any of these, then you are most likely addicted. That means it’s time for you to do something about it.
If you’re still not sure, you can also take an addiction quiz like this one. This will allow you to answer a series of questions about your drug use behaviors. After you’re finished, you’ll have immediate access to your results.
Perhaps you’ve come to the conclusion that you’re an addict and you need to get help to stop using. It’s great that you’ve made that decision. However, you need to know that every addiction treatment program isn’t the same. It’s very important to find the right type of facility for your recovery. You can do that by looking for the following characteristics:
This is not a drug that will lead to an addiction. It’s actually much too powerful for that to have time to take place. This is what makes it somewhat different from other opioid drugs, like Vicodin or heroin.
Please don’t think that you can take tiny amounts of this substance and be OK. It’s simply not possible, even if your tolerance levels to other opioids is very high. The smallest micro dose has the power to be fatal.
There are a lot of steps currently being taken in the fight against the opioid epidemic in the United States. Some are suggestions that people can begin to put into practice at home. Others may take some time to implement on either a state or federal level.
Here are some examples:
Whether you’re an addict, or you have a loved one who is, you may wonder what causes them to happen. There are so many reasons.
Some people are more prone to addictions because of their genes. If they have a history of drug use in their families, they’re much more likely to use themselves. However, it’s important to note that it’s impossible to blame an addiction solely on genetics.
Other factors could be at play as well. For example:
You can become an addict simply by using a substance repeatedly, without any of the above risk factors. That’s why it’s best not to put yourself in that situation at all.
You’re not alone if you’re battling an addiction. You also might not really believe that you could ever come across Carfentanil. We want you to know that it can happen to anyone. You may think that it’s not available in your area, but that could change in the blink of an eye. Just take a moment and read some information from others facing similar situations.
As a parent, nothing is as heartbreaking as losing a child to a drug overdose. Here, one woman shares her heart after her son died from overdosing on Carfentanil.
I started using heroin with some friends from college during our sophomore year. It was just something we did for fun. It helped us relax; especially when our classes would become stressful. I remember one weekend when my friends invited me to their dorm room. We’d just finished our midterms, and I was looking forward to releasing some stress.
As it turned out, my parents decided to visit me that weekend, so I wasn’t able to go. That was the only reason my life was spared from this awful drug. I found out that both of them had died from an overdose that Friday night. Their heroin was laced with Carfentanil.
I immediately told my parents everything. It was hard, but I opened up to them and I told them the truth. I’m so thankful I did because they helped me get started in recovery.
I knew she was using heroin, but I had no idea she was putting her life at risk. I had never even heard of Carfentanil. All I knew was that I came home and saw her passed out, and immediately suspected an overdose.
The ambulance was there in about three minutes after I called them. They administered naloxone on the scene and they were able to keep her alive. That was the end of her drug use. I’m just glad I got there when I did. They told if I had been a few seconds later, she would have died.
Because this is one of the newer opioid drugs on the market, many addiction treatment programs don’t have much experience with it. It’s important to find a recovery center that understands Carfentanil and how to treat you. You’ll find that at Northpoint Washington.
For just a moment, stop and consider how much your addiction has stolen from your life. Continuing to use could put you at risk for more Carfentanil exposure. This could potentially steal a mother away from her children. It could steal a top employee from his company. You’ve likely already suffered so much loss at the hands of your addiction. Recovery is only a phone call away.
Would you like to learn more about Carfentanil or about addiction rehab programs near you? Please contact us right away. We are happy to answer any additional questions you may have.
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