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On March 17, the Palm Beach County Medical Examiner tweeted: “Thought there was a slowing down, but we have 10 drug overdose deaths today. Must be a bad batch of drug out there. You’ve been warned!” The tweet led many to buzz about whether or not it was coincidence or the result of a bad batch of heroin on the street.
Ten overdose deaths in one day is a significant event in any county, and Palm Beach County is no exception. In the past year, rates of heroin overdoses have continued to creep up, often because heroin is laced with a potent substance called fentanyl or one of its many variations, like carfentanyl. These opiate analogues are often sold on their own, mixed into heroin or cocaine, or sold disguised as another drug like heroin, counterfeit painkillers, or sedatives.
Evidence that fentanyl is becoming an increasing problem can be seen in the numbers of overdose deaths caused by the drug in the past few years in Palm Beach County. In 2015, an estimated 216 people died after using morphine, fentanyl, or heroin. In 2016, however, 200 people died due to the use of fentanyl alone.
If you are living anywhere in Florida – or anywhere in the country, for that matter – and your loved one is buying drugs off the street, they are at risk of fentanyl overdose. Here’s what you need to know.
Heroin addiction is a tough disorder to beat, but the good news is that treatment has been proven to help those who are ready to put in the work and stick with it. Persistence plays a big role in recovery, and with the right support system in place, medical care, and a team of therapeutic professionals ready to provide guidance, your loved one can built a solid foundation in recovery.
How will you help your loved one connect with treatment services that can be life-changing?