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Fentanyl: Injecting a Loaded Gun

“You’re injecting yourself with a loaded gun.”

In an interview with STAT, Tim Pifer, the director of the New Hampshire State Police Forensic Laboratory described the role that fenanayl currently plays in drug usage.

What makes fentanyl so deadly?A picture tells it all:

New Hampshire State Police Forensic Lab

In identical bottles pictured to the left, you see a lethal dose of heroin, as compared to a lethal dose of fentanyl. Notice how similar the two substances look. Notice what a tiny amount of fentanyl it takes to cause a death.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Fentanyl can be as much as 100 times more potent than other pain killers.  Even  worse...Street drugs are generally made in home labs, so precise accurate measurements of fentanyl added to other drugs is questionable.In fact, unlikely.
Consequently, a person taking a dose of heroin, for example, has no idea how much, if any, fentanyl has been added to the mix to increase potency.W…

A map for finding addiction resources and a magnifying glass for showing a lack of them

FacingAddiction, which has now merged with NCADD, has recently launched a Resource Addiction Hub which can be found on their website.The Hub allows you to identify resources as varied as treatment, counseling, recovery, advocacy, legal, and prevention, giving two options:find it or map it.It is not only a convenient way to find resources where you live; it is a handy tool to refer to when you are traveling or simply away visiting friends.Congrats to those who put together such a useful tool --- definitely worth checking out!
If you scroll along the map that is provided, you’ll find most resources are concentrated in major cities.Notice all the empty spaces around the cities. They’re not really empty -- thousands of people live in those empty areas and some of those desperately need the services that are found only in cities.Besides being a good resource tool, the Hub provides a clear visual of the dilemma experienced by those who live in rural areas.In some rural a…

Healer or Dealer?? A Doctor shares his view...

Healer or Dealer – a doctor shares his own story to illustrate the challenges of treating addiction
“A disturbing dance of deception with an opioid-addicted patient”, an intriguing title for an article written by Siddhartha Mukherjee in 1/4/2018 issue of The New York Times Magazine.The author uses his own experience with the insistent demands of a patient in what he calls the “opioid pre-epidemic” to highlight the challenges faced by doctors in the early wave of addiction:not only a lack of adequate training and false information but also a dramatic change in the traditional doctor-patient role.
As Dr. Mukherjee so skillfully expresses it:“The doctor shifts from healer to dealer….The doctor is, at first, the enabler and the supplier, and then the tormentor, the withholder, the liar, the enemy.”Rather than “fix” the patient, a doctor is urged to provide “a fix”.The result is a doctor-patient relationship characterized by suspicion.Doctors today have increased knowledge and understanding …

Where it all began....

I started this blog because I wanted to share information and some of my own thoughts about issues and concerns within the arena of opiate addiction.
I am the mother of a son who was addicted to heroin for six grueling years.Until I found myself in this situation, I had no idea of the horrible gut-wrenching frightening experience it can be living with someone who has an addiction nor did I have any idea of the number of stumbling blocks that lie on the road to recovery.Once my son reached recovery, I thought I could breathe a sigh of relief and move on. However, that did not happen.Instead I found myself thinking of all the people who still face a situation similar to mine and remembering the loneliness and frustration I felt while going through it.I decided to write a book about these experiences as a way of connecting with others in my situation and providing some direction for change.The result was The Weight of a Feather:A Mother’s Journey through the Opiate Crisis.
In addition to m…