19,413 – that’s the number of people who died in 2016 because of an overdose of synthetic opioid – Fentanyl – overdose, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The study says that number is up from 3,007 in 2010.
A study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention took a look at the top 15 drugs involved in overdose deaths in the united states since 2011. In 2011, Fentanyl was ranked 10th overall. That same study shows that Fentanyl was the top drug involved in deaths for 2016 (See page 5 of this publication for the chart).
Closer to home, drug overdoses accounted for 43% of accidental deaths in Madison County in 2017 as of June of that year.
WHNT News 19 takes this deadly threat to our community very seriously. That’s why we’re Taking Action with a day-long series focusing on the Deadly Cost of Fentanyl. Join us on Wednesday, February 13 on WHNT News 19 this morning, 6:00 p.m. and WHNT News 19 at 10:00 for stories that focus on the epidemic.
Join us as we speak with law enforcement officials on the national and local level to learn what they are doing to help curb the epidemic. Then we’ll share a personal story from families who have had to deal with the loss of a loved one.
What is it?
The CDC describes Fentanyl like this:
Pharmaceutical fentanyl is a synthetic opioid pain reliever, approved for treating severe pain, typically advanced cancer pain.1 It is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine. It is prescribed in the form of transdermal patches or lozenges and can be diverted for misuse and abuse in the United States.
However, most recent cases of fentanyl-related harm, overdose, and death in the U.S. are linked to illegally made fentanyl.2 It is sold through illegal drug markets for its heroin-like effect. It is often mixed with heroin and/or cocaine as a combination product—with or without the user’s knowledge—to increase its euphoric effects.
The Drug Enforcement Agency adds: Fentanyl is added to heroin to increase its potency, or be disguised as highly potent heroin. Many users believe that they are purchasing heroin and actually don’t know that they are purchasing fentanyl – which often results in overdose deaths. The DEA Offers this Fact Sheet.
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Downtown Rescue Mission in Huntsville
We are a Christ-centered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to bringing the hope of the Gospel to the hurting, hungry, and homeless in our community. For more than four decades, the Lord has used our programs and services to rescue and transform lives for His glory.
National Institute on Drug Abuse
Our mission is to advance science on the causes and consequences of drug use and addiction and to apply that knowledge to improve individual and public health.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Association
SAMHSA’s National Helpline, 1-800-662-HELP (4357), (also known as the Treatment Referral Routing Service) or TTY: 1-800-487-4889 is a confidential, free, 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year, information service, in English and Spanish, for individuals and family members facing mental and/or substance use disorders. This service provides referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations. Callers can also order free publications and other information.
American Addiction Centers
By addressing each client as a whole person. We work to consider how factors such as your lifestyle, environment, health, and co-occurring mental health disorders may play a part in your addiction involving drugs or alcohol.
One goal is to arm families in our state with the knowledge of Narcan, how to access it and use it if necessary. We are providing education to families on how to navigate the world of treatment based on our own experiences and the experiences of others as we grow.