Not a New ProblemOhio has been dealing with a heroin epidemic for some time now. As a matter of fact, a fatal heroin overdose occurred more often than every three hours across Ohio last year. Eight overdoses in 24 hours seems like a large number, and it is, which sheds light on just how bad a couple of weeks ago really was. More than one-third of these overdoses were related to either Fentanyl or Carfentanil, the two extremely potent opioids being laced into heroin lately. Fentanyl is an opioid 50 times stronger than heroin itself, used mainly for oral surgeries and pain management. Drug dealers are acquiring Fentanyl and lacing small amounts into heroin batches, promising more intense highs. Unfortunately, just a small amount of Fentanyl can stop your breathing. Carfentanil is basically Fentanyl for large mammals, and is actually 100 times stronger than Fentanyl, making it five thousand times more potent than heroin. Dealers are also lacing Carfentanil into heroin. An amount the size of a poppy seed can easily kill a human being. Ohio officials reported to Cleveland.com that “The continued use of Fentanyl and the introduction of the animal sedative Carfentanil could lead to another spike in deaths.” The following chart says it all:
Ohio’s ResponseOhio police urge all citizens currently in possession of heroin to destroy it. Columbus Public Health has issued advice to all Ohioans regarding the possible hazardous batches of heroin circulating the state:
- Secure Naloxone. Several doses may be required due to the potency.
- If you are going to use heroin, do not use it alone. Have someone there.
- When using with someone else, take turns so one of you remains conscious.
- If using, test your heroin for potency beforehand.