In the state of Pennsylvania alone in 2017, the number of drug overdose deaths per 100,000 people hit 44.3 compared to the national average that was only at 21.7. It is suspected that most of these deaths are from opioids, including fentanyl, which showed the sharpest increase in deaths in the past year in the country as a whole.1
Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine and therefore puts the user at a greater risk of overdose than other opioids.2 It has grown in use in more recent years and can be laced with other drugs, unbeknownst to the user. Because of both of these problems, fentanyl can be extremely dangerous and lead to overdose. While some people will take steps to get better with professional help like our Philly opioid addiction treatment, this can only help so much.
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