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  1. I had never heard of fentanyl until Prince died and they said it was in his system. Then I googled and read about it. I saw Bill Clinton talking about opiates and he said a kid with a c in chemistry could learn how to make fentanyl. That sounds pretty scary to me. I have known people years ago that died and lived from addictions to heroin. I have a bad feeling that we are going to see more death than anyone ever can imagine due to fentanyl overdoses.. I personally believe that the solution is becoming farther and farther out of grasp. They are closing pain clinics and refusing to give people pain medications and there are people with real medical issues that rely on pain medications . There will be a demand and there will be few suppliers, with illegal drugs being one of the main suppliers. When the US made alcohol illegal everyone bought from gangsters, and that is what will happen with opiates too. Although, I think the solution is more likely to come from the government setting up legal ways for people to get pain relief. I know it will not happen in this lifetime, but I think after enough generations lose family members to fentanyl cooked in criminals kitchens that people will see legal is sometimes better.

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  2. I personally knew a couple of people that overdosed…1 Fentanyl, 1 Opiates. Very sad and devastating to family and friends. The Opiate epidemic alone is staggering! As far as the Opiates go, I personally lay half the blame on physicians that freely prescribe them….. pushing these drugs for pharmaceutical companies. Also, a lot of doctors are not educating the patient regarding the possibility of addiction or adverse reactions as we age. Patients become addicted, run out of thier meds and start buying off the streets. Eventually they turn to something stronger. …. cocaine, herion… not knowing what it has been cut with.
    I educate my daughter and her friends to never take anything someone offers them…EVER !! It only takes once and they will chase that high the rest of their lives! On occasion I have them watch a YouTube video “Meth – Not even once” …. I couldn’t bare having a loved one becoming a statistic.

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  3. This is a very interesting topic. Fentanyl is being introduced into herion which is already attacking the respiratory drive. Both attack the respiratory drive. With no respiratory drive you die. People are putting both in their body. Naxolne is being used in public safety more and more. With the high demand of Naxolne. It makes it cheaper to make. Cheaper is not always better.

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  4. I honestly did not know it had gotten this bad until I saw on the news the live videos of people passed out in cars and on sidewalks. It is extremely sad.

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  5. Its given out more often than people think in hospitals, which lead to a higher chance of dependency once patients are out. With it being on the streets, cut and used with other drugs, that’s the main reason the overdose rate is higher. Many people that start fentanyl from the streets, and not in a hospital setting, start it because they think it is a different drug altogether.

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  6. The fact that this can be compared to influenza is quite frightening. The opioid crisis is really taking its toll, it seems. I am curious about the charts provided though; Why is it that New York has less overdoeses overall but more fatal overdoses? That statistic alone really bugs me.

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  7. I heard the other day of a musical artist dying from fentanyl so I can understand why it is more popular and even more dangerous nowadays. I really hope that it does not continue to be used by many.

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  8. I see people that I went to school with struggling with this addiction. And it breaks my heart, but I also know there is not much anyone can do to help. This epidemic is only going to get worse.

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  9. I know many people struggling with this addiction. It is easy to say “why would you even try it” but people think differently while under the influence. This is a very sad drug and I even lost a highschool classmate to this a year ago.

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  10. I personally don’t agree with the fact that some first responders must carry the overdose medication that reverses overdoses on them and respond to these emergency calls. It is unfair to the general public who may actually have an unpreventable, emergency accident happen to them to where they need first responders on the scene to help. If first responders continue to carry this medication on them and respond to these overdose calls, they will not stop using the drug and they certainly will not think twice to call the first responders who saved their life the last time they used heroin.

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    1. I am thankful for lifesaving measures. And I am sure the parents of these addicts are thankful as well. However….

      The risk seems to be “enabling” the continued abuse of heroin. I have even had a first responder tell me that they were ridiculed by the addict for being prematurely pulled from a “high.”

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  11. Great article! I have never been affected by these drugs, but I do know some people that have been affected by them. It is very scary. I think it’s very important to be educated on this problem so we can try to stop it.

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  12. Thanks for this ! I know someone who is going through a struggle with this drug I heard that they can’t really tell how much to put in when their using the drug which is killing people … very sad !

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  13. Great article! I have noticed over the years younger people getting drawn to this dangerous drug and I know people who have struggled with this addiction.

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  14. Never been directly affected by these types of drugs nor have I personally known anyone affected, but still extremely good need to know info.

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