Pathfinders Recovery Center Describes Fentanyl Overdose Symptoms
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Pathfinders Recovery Center, which is based in Scottsdale, AZ, has recently published a blog post that describes fentanyl overdose symptoms and what to do in case a person or a loved one has taken too much of this very dangerous synthetic opioid. They also want people in Scottsdale and in Aurora, CO, to be aware of the availability of Pathfinders treatment centers that provide affordable but high quality care. Fentanyl may also be added to other illegal drugs, such as methamphetamine, heroin, and cocaine, which makes these drugs more potent and deadly.
It is important to note that although fentanyl is a prescription medication for treating severe pain, it is also being made and used illegally. Aside from being included in heroin and cocaine, fake fentanyl pills are also being sold in the streets. These are actually being sold as oxycodone, ecstasy, and alprazolam, and this is dangerous because those who take them are not aware that they are using fentanyl. There are a number of signs of exposure to fentanyl in non-users that people need to be aware of. These include: drowsiness, slow breathing, lack of consciousness, unresponsiveness, pinpoint pupils, cold and clammy skin, and blue lips or fingernail beds. Those who believe they are in a place where fentanyl has been used or is being used, will need to be careful. It is advisable to avoid eating, drinking, smoking, or using the bathroom in these places. Those who touched a surface that may be contaminated with fentanyl should not touch their nose, eyes, or mouth.
Fentanyl is an opioid like morphine and heroin. As such, it binds to opioid receptors in the brain that are responsible for regulating pain and emotions. After taking it a number of times, the brain adapts to it and the person becomes dependent on it. Its effects include: extreme happiness, nausea, constipation, drowsiness, sedation, confusion, unconsciousness, and problem breathing. And when a person overdoses on fentanyl, breathing becomes very slow even to the point of stopping. The result is hypoxia, which can put the person in a coma with the possibility of permanent brain damage and even death.
Pathfinders Recovery Center has also added an article that explains the importance of fighting methadone withdrawal. Methadone is used as a treatment option for heroin or narcotic painkillers. It also modifies the way the brain and nervous system respond to pain but its effects are slower compared to strong painkillers such as morphine. However, methadone cannot be used to avoid drug withdrawal symptoms forever. It can also lead to dependence and detoxification that includes a certain period of time for withdrawal. Unfortunately, the methadone withdrawal symptoms may sometimes be more intense compared to that of common opiates such as heroin. Gradually decreasing the methadone dose may substantially reduce the severity of withdrawal symptoms.
Meanwhile, the Clinical Opiate Withdrawal Scale (COWS) score can be used to help physicians assess the level of a patient’s physical dependence on opioids or opiates. Those who are planning to undergo medically-assisted detox and treatment are often evaluated using this kind of scale. The primary reason for this is to evaluate the dangers that a patient may face while going through the detox process. It also allows the physicians to understand the severity of the patient’s withdrawal symptoms. At present, the COWS score is the most frequently used scale for determining the potential severity of withdrawal.
Established in 2017, Pathfinders Recovery Center leverages over 25 years of combined experience of its partners and leaders to offer treatment for various kinds of addiction and co-occurring disorders in order to help those who have an addiction to get on the road to recovery. They provide alcohol and drug rehabilitation services at their advanced facilities in Arizona and Colorado. They have also created a program that teaches integrity, honesty, hard work, leadership, and responsibility to their clients. The key mission of the program is for clients to finally have a sober life. They offer people suffering from an addiction various types of tools that they need to have a solid foundation on which to finally establish a clean, sober, and successful life.
People who would like to know more about fentanyl overdose symptoms and other conditions related to addiction can check out the Pathfinders Recovery Center website, or contact them on the telephone.
For more information about Pathfinders Recovery Center, contact the company here:
Pathfinders Recovery Center
7600 East Redfield Drive,
Scottsdale, AZ 85260