Fentanyl is a fast-acting drug used to treat severe pain, most often prescribed for post-operative care or for patients who experience pain so intense they no longer respond to other pain medications. It’s an opioid like heroin and morphine, but much stronger and much more addictive. A fentanyl high can make a user feel extremely euphoric, yet very relaxed.
If you’re a fan of TV shows like The Walking Dead, you can probably picture the zombie-like effects this drug has.
The terrifying fact is that fentanyl is currently being used on the streets in a similar manner to heroin. Drug users are snorting fentanyl, causing the number of overdose deaths to steadily rise.
Not a New Trend After All
Sadly, snorting fentanyl is not as new of a trend as many believe. It’s a gateway method of use that can often lead to intravenous needles. It seems to be a transition between taking a pill and using a needle, making the descending spiral into dangerous drug use seem not as sheer or shocking.
Fentanyl obtained on the streets is often produced illegally in an underground lab. This type of fentanyl commonly comes in powder form, making it ideal for snorting. Snorting fentanyl allows it to reach the brain faster and causes a more intense high.
Crossing the Line
When using drugs, you may claim to have boundaries that you will never cross. If you are used to swallowing pills, you might think you will never progress to snorting powders. If you are used to snorting powders, you may think you will never progress to taking IV drugs.
However, as you become more comfortable will drug use, you will ultimately find yourself crossing your boundary line, thinking “maybe this isn’t as bad as I thought it was”.
Fentanyl is often a gateway drug to heroin. Both drugs have similar effects on the brain, but purchasing heroin on the streets tends to be easier to obtain and cost much less than fentanyl.
What Makes Snorting Fentanyl So Bad?
Aside from damaging your sinuses and nasal passages, you’re putting yourself at risk for serious side effects, such as cardiovascular arrest. Fentanyl is an insanely powerful drug, nearly 100 times as potent as morphine. It’s so potent that it’s measured in micrograms.
Because it’s so much stronger than other opioids, fentanyl is far more dangerous, especially when snorted. In fact, because of its potency, there is only a very slight difference between a dose that can get you high and a dose that can kill you. Since snorting fentanyl causes the effects to happen sooner and stronger, it also means they last for a shorter duration of time. This means that a user will have to take more doses to sustain the same high, each time increasing the risk of taking a fatal dose.
If you are struggling with abuse of fentanyl or any other substance, give us a call at (512) 598-9968. At Any Length, we specialize in helping addicted men and their families find lifelong recovery from addiction through the application of the twelve steps.