Heroin, morphine, and opioids continue their presence in television news reports. You are familiar with these drugs. But what do you know about synthetic heroin? Synthetic heroin includes a wide variety of prescription medications used both legally and illegally in addiction. Synthetic opioids also include multiple drugs used in heroin detox or treatment. These drugs help people overcome addiction. But many people abuse them. Methadone is one such drug.
Widespread Synthetic Heroin Use in the US
Is synthetic heroin dangerous? As a matter of fact, “fake” heroin potentially causes fatal overdose, just like the drug addiction it treats. Synthetic opioids are deadly. Fatal overdoses from synthetic opioids almost doubled in the US from 2013 to 2014. The death rate grew from 3105 deaths to 5544 in just that year. More people abuse synthetic opioids every day, so these numbers are greater today than just a few years ago. This is why it is important to know the dangers of synthetic heroin and signs of its abuse.
Basic Facts of Synthetic Opioids
Opiates provide important pain relief when used properly. Helpful drugs like morphine and codeine come from the same poppy plant as heroin. But today’s prescription opioids are synthetic. They are manmade, simply copycats of heroin and other naturally derived drugs. There are several types of synthetic opiates. These include synthetic morphine and heroin. Manmade versions of morphine include oxycodone, methadone, hydrocodone, and buprenorphine. Synthetic substitutes for heroin include methadone, but also refers to heroin mixed with more potent ingredients like fentanyl or carfentanil.
Dangers of Synthetic Opiates
The biggest danger of synthetic opiates is overdose. This is true of almost any drug, but synthetic opiate users face a high risk for overdose. Synthetic opiates quickly lead to addiction through rapid tolerance and the urge to gain the euphoric effects felt early in drug use. This is also how overdose happens. Without quality professional and accredited drug treatment, addiction to synthetic opioids causes a high risk of overdose death. There is no way out of this addiction without going through withdrawal. For safe, comfortable, secure and supervised withdrawal, you need the help of a quality detox center. Serenity House Detox in Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, Florida provides healthy, safe, comfortable and supervised detox in two licensed and accredited facilities. These detox programs include a highly trained professional staff working to ensure your detox completes as comfortably as possible. In detox, you also begin therapies needed for lasting sober recovery. Services of Serenity House Detox include:
- Supervised residential detox
- Individual, group and family therapy
- Holistic approach to treatment
- Healthy nutrition and hydration
- Medical detox and dual diagnosis treatment
- Affordable detox programs