Today, we address a pressing issue that demands our attention – the silent storm that is carfentanil. Our mission is to empower our community with knowledge and support on the journey to recovery. In this blog post, we will explore the grave dangers associated with carfentanil, a synthetic opioid that has been causing havoc in communities across the nation.
Carfentanil is an extremely potent synthetic opioid, estimated to be 10,000 times more potent than morphine and 100 times more potent than fentanyl. Originally developed as a tranquilizer for large animals like elephants, carfentanil has found its way into the illicit drug market, posing an alarming threat to public health.
- Lethal Potency: The potency of carfentanil makes it particularly perilous. A tiny amount, as small as a few grains of salt, can be lethal. Its introduction into the illegal drug supply chain has resulted in an increased risk of accidental overdoses.
- Overdose Epidemic: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports a surge in opioid-related overdose deaths, and carfentanil is believed to be a significant contributor to this alarming trend. Its presence in counterfeit pills and illicit drugs has caught many users off guard, leading to tragic consequences.
- First Responders at Risk: The potency of carfentanil not only endangers those who use the drug but also poses a serious threat to first responders. Even incidental contact or inhalation of carfentanil can result in severe health consequences or death, emphasizing the need for extreme caution.
Community Action and Awareness
As representatives of WakeUp Carolina, we urge our community to take proactive measures to address the carfentanil crisis:
- Education and Awareness: Stay informed about the dangers of carfentanil and share this knowledge with friends, family, and community members. Awareness is our first line of defense.
- Naloxone Training: Learn how to administer naloxone, an opioid overdose reversal medication. Having naloxone readily available and knowing how to use it can save lives in the event of an overdose.
- Seeking Support: If you or someone you know is struggling with substance use, reach out for support. WakeUp Carolina is here to connect individuals with resources and assistance on the path to recovery.
The dangers posed by carfentanil are not to be underestimated. As a community, we must stand united against this silent storm, advocating for education, awareness, and support for those affected. WakeUp Carolina remains committed to providing a safe space for individuals on their recovery journey, and together, we can face the challenges posed by substances like carfentanil, promoting health and well-being in our community.
- Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). (2021). Counterfeit Prescription Pills Containing Fentanyl: A Global Threat. Retrieved from https://www.dea.gov/sites/default/files/2021-06/21-360_Drug_Threat_Assessment_Fentanyl.pdf
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). (2021). Drug Overdose Deaths. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/data/statedeaths.html