Fentanyls are the most potent painkillers ever discovered and if you get hooked on them you simply will not be able to wean yourself off without a drug treatment program. If you try you could kill yourself.
The Fentanuy group of drugs are “designer” in nature and are invented to be hundreds or even thousands of times stronger than heroin. This makes a treatment program necessary simply because this deadly imitator is also thousands of times harder to quit than normal heroin.
The euphoria and other effects we associate with heroin only last from one to two hours. An active dose is about the size of a crystal. Many people who end up in a treatment program for an addiction to this double for heroin have ended up taking just 1/600th of a bit more of the stuff that the need to in order to get high. As the amounts needed to get high are so microscopic it is absolutely impossible to determine what a safe dosage level is.
One of the most horrible side-effects of these drugs is their ability to “freeze” the chest muscles. This interferes with the person’s ability to breathe and they suffocate to death. Another problem is the high does not last very long which means that the user must take more and more fentanyl to feel satisfied.
Yet another problem, especially for doctors at a treatment program who are trying to determine through blood tests what is going on in the drug addict’s body, is that fentanyl is almost bio-identical to normal heroin.
Unlike heroin it is easy for an addict to take. It tastes sweeter and it does not have to be cooked like heroin does because it is water soluble.
The first line treatment for fentalnyl overdose is an injection of nalaoxone which can usually be administered by EMS if they are called in time to address the problem. The long-term solution is a visit to rehab so that the user can be prescribed medication and medical supervision to help the withdraw with some relief from the very unpleasant emotional and physical symptoms that accompany the withdrawal of this drug.