Carfentanil is similar to synthetic opioid analgesic fentanyl. It is one of the most potent opioids available. It is estimated to be 100 times stronger than fentanyl. Fentanyl is already 50 times stronger than heroin. Carfentanil is estimated to be 10,000 times stronger than morphine. This makes it extremely dangerous for people to consume, even lethal. Find out more about this drug and how to support a loved one with addiction.
The effects of carfentanil are similar to other opioids. The chemical components attach themselves to opioid receptors within the brain responsible for Dopamine and Serotonin. These receptors are attached to neurotransmitters which carry chemical signals throughout the body. Opioids can have a euphoric effect and are very addictive.
Risk of Overdose
Opioids are dangerous and carfentanil is no exception. It only takes 1 microgram of carfentanil to trigger activity within the human brain. At 20 micrograms, the dose becomes lethal. It has been determined that overdose is most likely with carfentanil, of all drugs out there. Some of the health risks, including overdose include:
- Muscle spasms
- Respiratory distress
- Tightening of muscles in the chest
- Brain damage
- Liver damage
- Nausea and vomiting
If a loved one is struggling with opioid addiction, it is important to seek help. The risks are great for people who do not seek support for addiction. For those who seek help, they will likely:
- Get a medical assessment to start. A team will assess their needs, do exams, and put a person through a full exam prior to developing a treatment plan.
- Medical detox will follow. The body will return to balance once drugs get out of the system. This will allow detox in a controlled and safe environment while medical treatment may ease withdrawal. Detox may last a week with symptoms peaking 72 hours from last dose.
- Therapeutic support. Once an opioid is out of the system, it helps to get psychotherapy to teach a person how to handle everyday emotions and life’s stressors. Typical therapies include behavioral therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Dialectical Behavior Therapy.
- Medication and aftercare support. Addiction treatment programs educate people on how drugs impact the brain and how to cope. A support system helps maintain sobriety and stops a person from isolating. Other aftercare services include ongoing counseling, sober living, and alumni programs.
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