United States makes up 5% of the world’s population, yet uses 95% of the world’s drugs. What is wrong with us as a society that we allow to be sold sickness. We pay for this financially and physically. We have an inefficient healthcare system; pharmaceutical companies push and lobby addictive drugs to humans; antibiotics and hormones to our livestock and fish; chemical companies lace our foods with 75,000 chemicals and contaminate our water supply. All of this takes place with the signed approval of Congress, FDA, EPA and the USDA. Our society is so laced with chemicals and chaos is it even a wonder that we are not noticing that over 69,000 people died from overdoses last year. In fact, Ohio experienced a 46% increase in overdoses, resulting in so many deaths that they had to order refrigerated trailers to store bodies due to the morgues being filled.
Early data from 2017 suggests that deaths from drug overdoses will continue to rise this year due to an epidemic of 3 million people dependent on non-prescription opioids, and an additional 100 million people dependent on prescription painkillers. This epidemic does not have a face, the Narcotics Anonymous meetings are populated with doctors, lawyers, accountants, nurses, pilots, athletes, construction workers, young adults and teenagers from all walks of life. That is over 100 million known users addicted to opioids, which does not even take into account 2.6 million addicted to alcohol, 12 million addicted to sleeping pills and 35 million addicted to benzodiazepines. These statistics are only accounted by the ones coming into treatment and or overdosed requiring urgent care according to current statistics. That’s over a third of our population is addicted to substances as a way of life!
First responders, Emergency Rooms, Urgent Cares, Police Departments, Fire Departments, and Detox facilities must carry excessive amounts of Naloxone to reverse opioid overdoses. Depending on the strength of the opioid, one may have to increase the strength of the Naloxone. If a patient has taken Fentanyl, Carfentanil or Methadone it could take up to 10 milligrams just to get them to breathe. Carfentanil is a powerful derivative of Fentanyl, a synthetic narcotic analgesic produced from Morphine. While Fentanyl is 100 times more powerful than Morphine, Carfentanil is 100 times more powerful than Fentanyl which is 10,000 times more potent than Morphine. Carfentanil is not approved for human consumption, it is an elephant tranquilizer.
Overdoses have increased due to drug dealers cutting heroin with Fentanyl and Carfentanil on the streets to increase its potency and the dealer’s supply of heroin. This lethal combination has led to this surge in deaths from toxic overdoses.
Our staff at NOVO Detox is committed and experienced in detoxing drug and alcohol addiction by rendering the highest quality of care to our patients.