Substance abuse and addiction impact residents across the state of Florida, and specifically in West Palm Beach, each and every day.
An extremely dangerous drug of abuse, fentanyl, has serious consequences for West Palm Beach residents. Considering the fact that there were 322 deaths related to fentanyl in Palm Beach County in 2016, it is important that people are aware of the risks of use and know where to get help for their drug abuse.1
The problem with fentanyl is that people may not realize they’re using it. Sometimes drug dealers lace other drugs, such as heroin, with fentanyl because it is more cost-effective for them, and they don’t care about the risk it carries for others—including the risk of death.
Fentanyl is extremely potent. The lethal dose for pure fentanyl is about 2 milligrams for an average adult, yet smaller amounts can still be dangerous.2
Someone exposed to dangerous levels of fentanyl may show the following overdose symptoms:3
- Severe respiratory depression.
- Respiratory arrest.
- Pinpoint pupils.
- Slow heart rate.
- Profound lethargy.
Abusing fentanyl or other opioids can lead to a fatal overdose. Take control of your life today and search our directory for a West Palm Beach rehab program that can help you get clean and sober. Since every center is different, feel free to explore elsewhere within Palm Beach County or outside the state, should you wish to travel for treatment.
- (2016). Florida Drug-Related Outcomes Surveillance and Tracking System.
- com (a U.S. and Canadian site for first responders). (2016). Risks of Occupational Exposure to Synthetic Opioids for First Responders.
- The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. (2017 – last updated). Fentanyl: Incapacitating Agent.