The Fentanyl Problem
Why is fentanyl so much bigger a problem than other illegal drugs?
- Fentanyl (and the 100 times stronger variant Carfentanil) are so pleasurable, addicts deliberately overdose. Some addicts have been known to overdose 5 times in one emergency services shift. The addicts are like thrill seekers who jump off skyscrapers and trust fireman to catch them, and jump again as soon as they are rescued. It is a type of suicide as compulsive as lemming migrations in Disney’s White Wilderness.
- There were 13 overdose deaths in BC in one night and many times that many overdose rescues.
- Emergency services are overwhelmed dealing with overdoses. It is burning them out. They cannot also handle the usual workload of non-drug rescues.
- Babies are born addicted to fentanyl.
- Drug dealers are contaminating all their products with fentanyl to make them more addictive.
- Rehab is extremely expensive and it rarely works.
I have heard people demanding the government throw money at the problem using a variety of methods:
~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:69)
- More rehab centers. The drug is so addictive, almost no addicts want treatment. For those few that do, rehab almost never works. This is thus only a very partial solution.
- Safe injection sites. Addicts are taking dirty, contaminated street drugs with the hope of a rescue injection of naloxone if they overdose. This is like playing Russian roulette. It only a matter of time until they overdose and no one notices. These sites help create new fentanyl addicts from the use of fentanyl-contaminated drugs. The addicts are encouraged to overdose, since staff promise to rescue them. From the addict’s point of view, overdosing is like bungy jumping.
- Legal fentanyl. Addicts would be given fentanyl patches of pharmaceutical grade, under supervision. Addicts would not be permitted to overdose. But since addicts deliberately overdose for the thrill, they would probably find this option too tepid.
- Do nothing. Addicts are trying to kill themselves. Let them. When the addict population dies off, there will be no market for the dealers.
- Give up on the current addicts and focus on education of children and teens to shock them into a lifelong avoidance of fentanyl or anything that might contain it.