Federal agents in Columbus recently confiscated nearly 10 kilograms of fentanyl enough to wipe out 5 million people or nearly half the population of Ohio. As per the report on June 26, 2018, the agents also seized 1 kilogram of methamphetamine and 10 ounces of heroin, and arrested four people during a search warrant served at a home on South Napoleon Avenue.
Those arrested were Tomas Sandoval, Alvaro Gasca-Cardoso, Salatiel Ramos-Rajos and Alexis Zazueta-Soto. All the four were charged with conspiracy to possess fentanyl, methamphetamine and heroin and an intent to distribute the same.
Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid prescribed to patients suffering from chronic pain. It is 50 times more potent than heroin and 100 times stronger than morphine. As a result, even 2 milligrams (about four grains of the salt) of the drug can kill an average adult.
Ohio sees third largest increase in drug overdose death rate
The seizure comes at a time when Ohio is witnessing unrelenting drug overdose deaths. According to federal figures, at 39 percent, Ohio saw the third largest increase in drug overdose death rates, among all the states, from July 2016 to July 2017. This increase could be attributed to fentanyl being mixed with street drugs like heroin and cocaine.
Drug overdose deaths not only affect the individual and his/her family, but also strains state resources, as an individual depends on his insurance for addiction treatment. As per a recent report, over the last seven years, there has been a 430 percent growth, from 6,500 in 2010 to 48,000 in 2016, in the number of Ohio Medicaid recipients with an opioid-related diagnosis. Further, the cost of treating opioid addiction through medication assisted treatment (MAT) jumped to $110 million in 2016 from $13 million in 2010.
Treatment for fentanyl addiction is possible
Since fentanyl is a fast-acting drug, it offers a quicker euphoria. The drug tends to hit the brain immediately, at times, even before the shot is complete. As a result, many of the users are found with a needle still stuck in their arm.
The ideal way to avoid the fatal effects of any drug is to stay away from them totally; however, if one is battling an addiction to drug or any other substance, it is important to seek drug abuse help. All certified detox rehab centers are equipped with trainers and facilities for effective drug abuse rehabilitation programs.
Therefore, if you or a loved one is battling any form of addiction, seeking immediate medical help is of utmost importance. Proper medical treatment can help one attain complete recovery from addiction and an after-care program can further help in preventing relapses.
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