Maryland is confronting with a series of deaths related to opioid consumption. Now, officials in the state reported three more cases of opioid overdose in two of their counties. They discovered that the substance they abused of was carfentanil.
The three deaths were reported in two Maryland counties, two in Anne Arundel and one in Frederick. Health officials discovered that the substance they overdosed on was carfentanil, an extremely dangerous synthetic opioid.
Carfentanil, one of the most powerful opioid types on the market
The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene declared that carfentanil is incredibly powerful and should be avoided. Compared to other types of opioids, it is 50 times deadlier than heroin and even 10,000 times deadlier than morphine.
It represents a synthetic variant of fentanyl and is one of the most powerful opioids available for purchase. In fact, it is commercialized as a tranquilizer for large animals. If people take it, they might experience side effects such as nausea, vomiting, or respiratory difficulties. This is why it might be deadly.
The state has been struggling lately with a series of opioid-related deaths, so they announced they would be starting a special program to solve the issue. One week after they launched it, they added three more deaths on the list of opioid overdose victims.
Maryland officials are offering people help
Opening up fire stations is one of the solutions they tried to apply in the program. As the number of overdoses increased greatly over the last period, they decided to open more points where people can get the help they need in such situations. These stations contain medical equipment and personnel which is there every day at every hour.
Only last year, the number of deadly opioid overdoses faced a sudden increase. In 2015, the number of deaths related to heroin or other opioids available on prescription was situated around 1,000. The number almost doubled next year, reaching 1,973.
Many people avoid getting the help they need because of the social stigma revolving around this addiction. This is depicted in the increasing number of non-fatal overdoses which end up fatal because people refuse to seek help. Besides offering people help, the authorities want to convince them to look for this help.
They want to tell people that asking for help is not a weakness, and many of them are actually struggling with a serious condition. Thus, everybody who needs medical assistance should not hesitate to look for it, as professional caregivers are there to offer them everything they need.
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