If you didn’t believe before that Fentanyl was a drug to not be trifled with, the most recent news of Fentanyl being used, for the first time, by the United States as a means of executing its Death Row inmates surely will convince you of its deadly nature.

On August 14th 2018 Nebraska became the first state in the US to utilize Fentanyl as a means of lethal injection on Death Row inmate, Cary Dean Moore who was sentenced to death for killing four people in 1979. The choice made by state officials garnered substantial controversy given the concerted effort between law enforcement, public health officials, and others to get the drug out of public access and off the streets.

Where Did Fentanyl Come From

Fentanyl is fifty to one hundred times stronger than its opioid cousin, morphine. It was originally utilized by anesthesiologists and also as a means of managing chronic pain. As different ways of administering the drug became common, intravenous dosing as well as a patch became available and the more healthcare professionals could prescribe it as a way to help control persistent pain, such as a cancer patient’s symptoms.

Fentanyl, Responsible for Thousands of Overdoses in 2017

Even as the country becDiscovery Instituteomes more and more awake to the devastating opioid epidemic, 2017 proved to be evidence of what everyone already knows: Fentanyl is dangerous and chemical dependency to the drug is wreaking havoc on our society at large. Thousands of people crossed the line from self medication into death through the abuse of the substance. There is some hope however. The spotlight on opioid addiction in our country has spurred further drug abuse education and comprehension. With this the country is seeing some much needed changes in public health strategies around addiction. States are finally starting to prioritize substance abuse as a public health matter and are creating initiatives to prioritize addiction treatment.

We Can Help

Discovery Institute has Drug Rehab Centers in NJ that are qualified and ready to help you get off of Fentanyl, and into treatment and rehabilitation for your chemical dependence on the drug. Sober living in New Jersey is possible, but you have to take the first steps away from this deadly self medication, and closer to our New Jersey detox center. Call us now at 844-478-6563 and we can tell you more about how you can stop living in fear and instead lead a full, sober, and healthy life.


Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MD

Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MDDr. Jeffrey Berman is a psychiatrist in Teaneck, New Jersey and is affiliated with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. He received his medical degree from State University of New York Upstate Medical University and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He also speaks multiple languages, including French and Hebrew.

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