Every opioid can be harmful, but certain opioids can be deadly. Using these drugs poses a significant risk to your health, especially when you take them in large amounts or for an extended period of time.
Here are the top five that pose the most danger:
Heroin is one of the most well-known opioids. It’s made from morphine, which is a natural substance found in the opium poppy plant. Heroin is available in different forms, including a black sticky substance, brown powder, or white powder.
Once in the body, heroin moves to the brain quickly, binding to opioid receptors and impacting parts of the brain that control basic body functions, pleasure and pain. Heroin is highly addictive, with many people becoming addicted to the drug after only one or two uses.
Heroin is also one of the most common drugs connected to opioid overdose. For example, during 2017, more than 15,000 people died from a heroin overdose in the United States.
Fentanyl is an extremely potent and deadly opioid that has risen in popularity during recent years. In addition to being purchased and used deliberately, fentanyl is also mixed with or sold in place of heroin, often without the knowledge of the buyer.
This drug is similar to morphine, but it’s as much as 150 times more powerful, making it one of the most dangerous drugs available. It takes only a small amount of fentanyl to cause a fatal overdose.
Fentanyl is available with a prescription, but it is also being made and sold illegally. The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that the majority of fentanyl deaths involved illegal fentanyl, as opposed to prescription fentanyl.
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Carfentanil is another synthetic opioid that is gaining more traction. This substance is even more powerful than fentanyl. In fact, carfentanil is typically 100 times more potent than fentanyl and 10,000 times more powerful than morphine.
Extremely small amounts of this substance can cause a fatal overdose.
The drug is so powerful that it even poses a risk to people who touch it accidentally, such as medical personnel and law enforcement officials. Overdoses of carfentanil move quickly and may not be reversible, even with multiple doses of Narcan.
Methadone is an opioid agonist typically used to treat substance use disorders. It may also be prescribed for pain relief. However, methadone itself can be addictive if it isn’t used properly.
Long-term use of methadone can lead to unwanted consequences, such as lung and breathing problems. Like all opioids, methadone also poses a risk of overdose if you take a large amount of the drug at one time.
For this reason, anyone using methadone with a prescription should follow all provided instructions carefully.
Oxycodone is a semi-synthetic opioid that may be prescribed to patients to treat pain. Like heroin, oxycodone is derived from the poppy plant and has a high potential to cause addiction. When taken for abusive purposes, oxycodone produces feelings of euphoria and relaxation.
Oxycodone, which is the generic form of Oxycontin, can also cause fatal overdose when taken in high amounts. When the amount of the drug is more than the body can process, the person can fall into a coma and die.
Treating Opioid Addiction At Vertava Health of Ohio
All of the drugs listed above are extremely dangerous. While some of these opioids are dangerous only when used improperly, others are dangerous even in the smallest amounts. No recreational use of opioids is ever safe.
If you’re dealing with an addiction to one of the deadly opioids listed above or to any other opioid, you need professional treatment to recover. With a medication-assisted treatment program, you can overcome your substance use disorder and move on to live a healthier life.
At Vertava Health of Ohio, we understand how difficult it can be to recover from an opioid use disorder, but we are here to help. Please contact us today to learn more about our programs.