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Florida Sheriff Revived with Narcan

Simple Path Recovery on May 13, 2019

The dangers of fentanyl are increasing and even just one traffic stop, just as the one that happened this past weekend in Florida, can land a cop in the hospital from a brief encounter with the drug.

 

What is Fentanyl?

Fentanyl is a powerful drug similar to morphine but at least 50 to 100 times stronger in comparison. The synthetic opioid has recently been found in other drugs such as cocaine, MDMA, heroin and prescription pills. What started as a drug to manage severe chronic pain prescribed by doctors to patients as a last resort has grown into a worldwide overdose epidemic.

“In its prescription form, fentanyl is known by such names as Actiq®, Duragesic®, and Sublimaze®. Street names for illegally used fentanyl include Apache, China Girl, China White, Dance Fever, Friend, Goodfellas, Jackpot, Murder 8, and Tango & Cash.”1

 

How a Traffic Stop Turned Deadly

A traffic stop in Florida took a turn for the worse when a Florida sheriff had to be revived with Narcan and at least one firefighter was given the reversal drug after the exposure of what they assume was fentanyl.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office said that the Florida deputy had pulled the car over on Boys Ranch Road, Florida and had found the narcotics. Shortly after that encounter the Florida sheriff’s deputy became ill out of nowhere and passed out. Another deputy on scene administered the Narcan and revived the deputy.

According to the DEA, “Fentanyl is a dangerous, powerful Schedule II narcotic responsible for an epidemic of overdose deaths within the United States. During the last three years, the distribution of clandestinely manufactured fentanyl has been linked to an unprecedented outbreak of thousands of overdoses and deaths. The overdoses are occurring at an alarming rate.”1

 

What You Need to Know

“Exposure to an amount equivalent to a few grains of sand can kill you. You can be in grave danger even if you unintentionally come into contact with fentanyl”1 The best way to avoid coming into contact with the drug is to avoid it at all costs and getting professional help for your drug addiction.

With Fentanyl being mixed in so many other drugs now, using heroin, cocaine, or MDMA even just one time can kill you. As a drug detox center, Simple Path Recovery provides the medical professionals, tools, and programs to get you clean and onto the path of recovery. Contact our staff if you or a loved is suffering with an addiction and put an end to your disease today.

 

Sources

  1. National Institute of Drug Abuse – Fentanyl
  2. DEA – DEA Warns Local Law Enforcement And First Responders About The Dangers Of Fentanyl Exposure
  3. Fox News – Florida sheriff deputy revived with Narcan, 3 others recovering after exposure to drugs
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