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What Are Synthetic Opioids?

Synthetic opioids are a class of drugs that are designed to provide pain relief, either made up of opioids or known to have opioid-like effects such as codeine and morphine. The chemical makeup of synthetic opioids is similar to the naturally-occurring chemicals found in refined opium leaves, but they tend to be highly potent, which means only a small amount of the drug is required to produce a given effect. Although synthetic opioids are manufactured by pharmaceutical companies, they are also manufactured illegally in clandestine labs where they are frequently used as cutting agents in other drugs (especially heroin and cocaine). Because these counterfeit painkillers are so powerful, accidental overdose is common.

Synthetic Opioids include:

  • Fentanyl (Abstral, Actiq, Fentora, Duragesic, Lazanda, Subsys)
  • Methadone (Methadose, Dolophine)
  • Meperidine (Demerol)
  • Tramadol (ConZip, Ryzolt, Ultram)

Fentanyl Analogs Include:

  • Carfentanil (10,000 times more powerful than morphine)
  • Acetylfentanyl
  • Butyrylfentanyl
  • Furanylfentanyl
  • 3-Methylfentanyl
  • U-47700

Synthetic Opioids and the Opioid Epidemic

Other than Methadone, in 2017, synthetic opioids were responsible for more than 28,000 deaths in the United States, which are more deaths than from any other type of opioid. The high rate of incidence of opioid death is thought to be due to the fact that Fentanyl and drugs like it are typically sold on the street as a counterfeit for popular medications such as oxycodone or hydrocodone. Addiction sufferers often believe they are purchasing OxyContin or Vicodin when they often are be getting something much more powerful and fast-acting than what they expected, with higher likelihoods of overdose. Additionally, powder drugs like heroin and cocaine are also being mixed (or “cut”) with fentanyl and carfentanil, increasing the risk of fatal overdose for even experienced individuals. 

Opioid Addiction Treatment in Florida

Florida Center for Recovery provides Opioid Addiction Treatment offering all-inclusive Inpatient Medical detox and rehab. Our program includes intensive family therapy, chronic relapse program, and trauma therapy through Rapid Resolution Therapy, for those who need. In addition, we offer opioid addiction treatment for pregnant women.

If you or a loved one is struggling with opioid addiction and would like to explore treatment options, feel free to give us a call at (800) 851-3291 or visit our addiction treatment programs’ page for a better insight about or rehab programs.

You can also visit our reviews' page.

Florida Center For Recovery
Offering Comprehensive, Reliable and Affordable Addiction Treatment Programs since 2002.

References:
https://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/opioids/index.html
https://www.drugabuse.gov/drugs-abuse/opioids

Category: Opioids & Opioid Addiction on 21 February 2019

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