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Medication-assisted treatment MAT is also used to prevent or reduce opioid overdose.
Research shows that a combination of medication and therapy can successfully treat alcohol use disorder and opioid use disorders. And for individuals struggling with relapse, MAT can help sustain recovery.
What is MAT Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Recovery?
Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is the use of medications, in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies, to provide a whole patient approach to the treatment of substance use disorders. Medications used in MAT are approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). MAT programs are clinically driven and tailored to meet each patient’s needs.
Research shows that a combination of medication and therapy can successfully treat opioid use disorders. For individuals struggling with opioid addiction – M.A.T. helps to establish long-term recovery.
MAT is used for the treatment of addiction to opioids such as heroin and prescription pain relievers. MAT is also effective for treating addiction to alcohol.
Treatment with the FDA-approved medications buprenorphine or naltrexone are recognized to be lifesaving and the most effective forms of treatment for opioid use disorder.
Our Sacramento opioid recovery M.A.T. programs are dual diagnosis – which means mental health care with addiction treatment. New Start Recovery Solutions addiction rehab treatment is clinically driven and personalized to meet each patient’s needs.
Heroin Use is Down – Fentanyl Use is Increasing
Illicitly manufactured fentanyl is internationally synthesized in China, Mexico and India, then exported to the United States as powder or pressed pills. Additionally, the emergence of the dark web, an encrypted and anonymous corner of the internet that’s a haven for criminal activity, has facilitated the sale of fentanyl and other opioids shipped through traditional delivery services, including the U.S. Postal Service.What is fentanyl and why is it behind the deadly surge in overdoses? A medical toxicologist explains
Heroin use is down. This sounds like great news.
And it would be great news – if not for the rise of over 14 different more dangerous synthetic designer replacements for heroin.
The most common synthetic opioid added to illegal drugs is fentanyl. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid 25 to 50 times more powerful than heroin. Illegal fentanyl is usually synthesized abroad and then imported into the United States. Since 2013, fentanyl overdoses and deaths have surged.
The state of California has been particularly hard hit due to a myriad of factors that in recent years have converged into a “perfect storm”. The absolute number of overdoses (nearly 10k in 2020) is the highest in the country by a considerable margin.
In 2020, California accounted for over 10% of the overdose deaths nationwide. The CDC estimates there were 107,622 drug overdose deaths in the United States during 2021 caused primarily by fentanyl.
- Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid that is similar to morphine.
- However, fentanyl is 50 to 100 times stronger than morphine.
- Synthetic opioids like fentanyl have been identified in more than two-thirds of opioid overdoses reported nationally in 2019.
- Fentanyl is the most potent opioid pain reliever available for use in medical treatment.
- Most individuals never try to take fentanyl.
- However, many illegal drugs now contain fentanyl to ‘increase the strength’ of the drug sold.
- Especially since COVID-19 – adolescents, parents, professionals, athletes and more can now more easily buy illegal ‘party drugs’ on the internet.
- Illegally made drugs are not tested for quality. Illegal drugs vary wildly in purity and strength.
- Increasingly, illegal drugs bought on the internet (and sold on the street) contain fentanyl. Just a few grains of fentanyl powder causes overdose.
- A lethal dose of fentanyl is considered to be 2 milligrams. If fentanyl is taken with other opiates, the lethal dose is smaller than 2 milligrams.
- A sweetener packet at restaurant tables contains about 1,000 milligrams.
- Two milligrams of fentanyl can kill you.
- In individuals with a developed tolerance, the lethal dose of fentanyl is very small compared to the potential lethal doses of other opiate drugs.
- For example: A lethal dose for heroin is reported to be between 75 and 375 mg. A lethal dose of fentanyl for most adults is 2 milligrams.
- Who takes fentanyl? Dr. Christopher Colwell, the chief of emergency medicine in San Francisco at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, has recently seen an increase in the emergency room for medical issues related to fentanyl use and overdoses.
- Dr. Christopher Colwell has seen a variety of patients in his ER needing treatment for fentanyl. Patients included nurses, a professional athlete, a drug dealer and a lawyer who lost consciousness in court. Also needing emergency treatment for fentanyl were two young adolescents, 14 and 15 years old; and a 7 year old who got into a stash in her mother’s purse.
- “That’s just in the last couple weeks,” Colwell said. “It’s really remarkable because it runs the entire spectrum. This affects all walks of life, all folks. It’s hard to overstate how impactful it can be to anyone. It doesn’t seem to care about race or background or gender — or anything.” Read more at Fentanyl has changed the whole landscape’: San Francisco faces worst drug epidemic ever
- Fentanyl is a potent synthetic opioid that is very effective at relieving moderate-to-severe chronic pain.
- Oral formulations of fentanyl contain an amount of the drug that can be fatal to a child.
- The difference between a therapeutic dose and a deadly dose of fentanyl is very small.
- There are many illegal analogs and derivatives of fentanyl that are much stronger than the prescription version.
- Recreational users often seek fentanyl as a substitute for heroin.
- Increasingly, many illegal drugs now contain fentanyl to ‘increase the strength’ of the drug sold.
- The problem: A few extra grains of fentanyl can cause death.
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- The number of deaths from fentanyl overdoses has jumped by more than 2100% in California in five years. The most recent estimate from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), show that overdoses of synthetic opioids (mostly fentanyl) killed nearly 4,000 residents in California last year.
- Drug deaths in San Francisco are averaging about two a day. Fentanyl has flooded the illicit drug market.
- Many overdoses occurred from illegal drugs purchased that had added fentanyl. The buyers had no awareness that fentanyl had been added. Illegal drugs are not tested for purity.
- The CDC has predicted there will be record breaking amount of drug overdoses as the number continues to rise.
- Although the opioid epidemic seemed to slow in 2019, the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 caused a ripple effect of death from the disease, and an increase in addiction.
- Drug overdoses rose across the country during the coronavirus pandemic. But in San Francisco, overdoses skyrocketed. In 2020, drug overdoses claimed 713 lives.
- This was more than double the 257 San Francisco residents who died of the COVID-19 virus in 2020.
- Naloxone is the treatment for rapidly reversing a fentanyl overdose.
- However, getting overdose treatment in time to avoid death is a challenge. Fentanyl is a fast-acting drug; every minute is critical in an overdose situation.
- Those experiencing an overdose involving fentanyl may require higher naloxone doses and multiple administrations to reverse the overdose and to become stabilized.
- Police and first responders at a crime scene or helping an overdose victim are at risk from inadvertently touching or inhaling any fentanyl powder that may be present.
2021 Drug Overdose Deaths Increased
Provisional data from CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics indicate there were an estimated 107,622 drug overdose deaths in the United States during 2021, an increase of nearly 15% from the 93,655 deaths estimated in 2020. The 2021 increase was half of what it was a year ago, when overdose deaths rose 30% from 2019 to 2020.U.S. Overdose Deaths In 2021 Increased Half as Much as in 2020 – But Are Still Up 15%
There was a 30% increase in fentanyl overdose deaths in 2020. Overdose deaths increased another 15% in 2021.
Researchers believe the overdose increase is the result of the deadly effects of fentanyl and the destabilizing effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Buying drugs on the street is a game of Russian roulette. From Xanax to cocaine, drugs or counterfeit pills purchased in nonmedical settings may contain life-threatening amounts of fentanyl. Fentanyl has been showing up in unexpected places. Many do not realize that fentanyl may be included in the ‘prescription drugs’ or party drugs they bought illicitly,
Recently fentanyl-laced cocaine – and fake prescription pills pressed with fentanyl – have been recovered by law enforcement. The individuals who use these drugs have no idea that they are ingesting fentanyl. Many more will die from an unexpected opioid-related overdose if this trend continues.
Opioid recovery treatment is effective. Call us – we can help.
Northern California Overdoses in Chico
Recently, two deceased people were reported on Sunday May 15, 2022 at Community Park in Chico, California.
Police responded to a report of four people who were unresponsive in the park. Two died on scene in suspected overdoses. Two more individuals were transported to a local hospital.
Teenagers, young adults and anyone who takes counterfeit pills have no idea whether the pills have added fentanyl.
Increasingly, illegal drugs have fentanyl added.
Chico California Mass Overdose Jan 2019
January 2019 Chico CA: A man died and 12 people were hospitalized in what Northern California authorities described as a mass casualty overdose caused by fentanyl.
Drug Overdose Deaths – The Silent Epidemic
“I don’t think the general public really understands the scope of the epidemic. If you look in individual counties’ data and in all of 2020 – 3 times more people died in San Francisco [of drug overdoses] than died of COVID.”
‘One of the main causes of the trend is an increase in the use of fentanyl in California, a drug where a single misstep in the dosage can lead to an overdose’, said Dr. Aimee Moulin, behavioral health director at the Emergency Department at U.C. Davis.
‘Fentanyl is also killing a lot of young people’, said Dr. Moulin. Those aged 20-34 years old died more from fentanyl overdoses than from other types of drugs.
Teen Buys ‘Xanax’ on Social Media and Gets Fentanyl
TV host Dr. Laura Berman reveals her son Samuel, 16, died from a drug overdose after he purchased Xanax laced with Fentanyl on social media.
Berman claimed that a drug dealer had connected with Samuel online and ‘gave him fentanyl laced Xanax and he overdosed in his room’.
‘We watched him so closely. Straight A student. Getting ready for college,’ Berman wrote. ‘Experimentation gone bad. He got the drugs delivered to the house.’
‘We encourage every parent to manage their children’s social media as closely as possible.’
COVID-19 Loneliness, Mental Health, and Substance Use Among Young Adults
National Institutes of Health Study “As COVID-19 converges with loneliness and addiction epidemics in the US, both public health and mental health experts forecast dramatic increases in substance use and mental health conditions.
Forty-nine percent of respondents reported loneliness scores above 50. Another 80% reported significant depressive symptoms; 61% reported moderate to severe anxiety; 30% disclosed harmful levels of drinking.
Loneliness was associated with higher levels of mental health symptoms. Participants reported significant increases across mental health and substance use symptoms since COVID-19.”
Sacramento Opioid Abuse Treatment and Recovery
The devastating impact that opioid abuse can have on individuals is readily apparent. What is not quite so obvious is the fallout for family and friends.
Watching a person that you love running headlong towards a cliff is indescribably difficult. Functional addicts are particularly resistant to any mention of addiction treatment.
For the user’s friends and loved ones – the harmful effects of opioid and fentanyl consumption and the accompanying lifestyle are often plain to see.
Many users know that they’re playing with fire. But for many different reasons, they think that they are in control. Perhaps the one truly essential component in an addict’s successful recovery is the desire to make a change for the better in their lives.
The most natural impulse would be to attempt to intervene at once and save the friend or family member from themselves. Caution should be exercised if attempting an intervention. When someone is caught up in the riptide of addiction the red flags can be more difficult for them to perceive.
Opioid abusers do not need to hit ‘rock bottom’. Interventions can be effective.
However intervention can be a very tricky matter. Sometimes you only get one attempt. For best results, a professional interventionist should be consulted.
Pandemic Negative Mental Health Effects
CDC Report Reveals “Considerably Elevated” Mental Health Toll from COVID-19 Stresses. More than 2 in 5 US residents report struggling with mental or behavioral health issues associated with the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, including anxiety, depression, increased substance use, and suicidal thoughts, according to new findings from the Centers for Disease Control and Preventionhttps://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama-health-forum/fullarticle/2770050
Symptoms of Depression
Withdrawing from Family and Friends
Thoughts of Death
Changes in Appetite
Alcohol and Drug Abuse
COVID-19 has seriously impacted individuals trying to maintain sobriety; and those struggling with addiction. The increased social isolation and stress has had a negative effect on mental health.
New Start Recovery Solutions Sacramento has outpatient mental health care.
Sacramento Opioid Recovery Rehab Treatment
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