Fentanyl and Carfentanil Addiction: The Trouble in New Hampshire
For the past few years now, the state of New Hampshire has been fighting a losing battle. Opioids entered the state in full force a few years ago with fentanyl being the drug of choice for most users. This drug is extremely addictive and individuals are using it after being prescribed the opioid or by making it themselves in their very own kitchens. Officials of the state have been working with health organizations as well as first responders to try and come up with some solution as to what can be done about this continually growing epidemic.
The issue is that individuals are getting access to fentanyl very easily. The drug is being shipped into the state and is cheap to distribute. A little goes a long way so distribution can be done in small amounts. This leaves plenty left over for more people to become addicted. Fentanyl is an extremely strong drug, actually 50 to 100 times stronger than heroin. The drug is the main reason why the state of New Hampshire has seen an increase in overdoses in the past few years.
In reports from February to June of last year, the emergency room visits due to opioid issues increased by 70%. Heroin is still an issue but when fentanyl entered the state, it burst onto the scene wreaking havoc very quickly. On top of fentanyl use, there is a new drug that has entered the drug scene, known as carfentanil. This drug is an elephant tranquilizer and is 100 times stronger than fentanyl.
New Drug on the Scene
So, we know how strong fentanyl is, so carfentanil brings the problem to a whole new playing field. With carfentanil, the drug is so potent it can be absorbed through the skin. First responders have had to take to wearing gloves and avoid touching the substance or patient with their bare skin. First responders in the state began to see that overdose calls were different than what they were used to. It was at this time that they discovered the issue was the new drug and even greater precautions had to be taken.
First responders have taken to having doses of Narcan with them in the case of overdoses. With carfentanil, more Narcan was needed than normal to try and assist patients, so first responders knew something was amiss.
On top of the issues that normally surround drug use like family problems and health issues, crime also begins to run rampant. Drug possession attorneys in NH have seen an increase in cases involving opioids, whether they are representing a victim who was robbed or attacked or the individual who used the drugs to continue illegal activities.
The state Attorney General sees that there is a problem and has taken action. The AG recently filed a suit against Purdue Pharm and their sale of opioids. The company is accused of pushing the drugs to doctors in the state without full disclosure as to what the drug could do, as in how addictive it could be. Doctors were told the option was safe and have been prescribing it only to find out it has adverse effects such as addiction and overdose.
Overall, several groups in the state, including lawmakers, attorneys, and health care officials, are working hard to see that changes are made so patients are not affected by these types of opioid drugs. If you or a loved one has had serious problems after taking such substances, speak to an attorney to find out if you have a case.
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