Snorting Fentanyl: A New Trend?

The Deadman’s High

Fentanyl is like an apocalyptic nightmare. If you are a fan of end-of-the-world movies, you know what I mean. Zombies and mass deaths everywhere, beyond anything we can imagine in the real world. Yet, it is happening now, right in front of us. Terrifyingly, fentanyl is being used as a replacement on the streets for heroin. Drug users are shooting up fentanyl and they are snorting fentanyl. Death counts continue to climb.

Not such a new trend after all.

Unfortunately, snorting fentanyl is not new at all. In fact, it is something of a gateway method of use that often leads to intravenous needles. It seems to be a transition between swallowing a pill and sticking a needle into a vein, making the downward spiral into serious drug use seem not as steep.

Crossing the line.

When you are using drugs, you may claim to have lines that you will not cross, no matter what. If you are used to taking pills, you may think you will never progress to buying powders and snorting them into your nose. Yet, you eventually find yourself crossing the line, and then, snorting lines of heroin or fentanyl. When you are getting high, you are not in a good state of mind to say no to trying new and more dangerous activities. Hopefully, snorting fentanyl will not be part of your story.

So, what makes snorting fentanyl so bad?

Besides damaging your nasal passages and sinuses, you are putting yourself at risk for serious side effects, such as death from not breathing. Fentanyl is super powerful, nearly 100 times as potent as morphine. In fact, it is measured in micrograms. While most opioids can kill be slowing down breathing, fentanyl is far more dangerous.

Should fentanyl be illegal?

Using fentanyl to get high is already illegal. Not to mention that fentanyl made in illicit labs is very illegal. Yet, what if the government made all fentanyl illegal? Interestingly, fentanyl happens to be very effective in preventing pain during surgery. Hence, it is used in many surgical operations each and every day. So, it is unlikely that fentanyl is going away.

In conclusion, fentanyl is a dangerous drug that has important uses in the medical field, but it must be kept off the streets because of it’s high potency and deadly risks.

 

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