Fentanyl and Xanax

Fentanyl is a potent opioid that’s available with a prescription, but through various routes has also found its way to the illegal drug market in the past few decades. If you haven’t heard of fentanyl, this opioid is believed to be stronger than heroin, and up to 100 times stronger than morphine.

In a medical environment it was introduced for end-of-life pain management, and still, its applications are primarily to treat people with chronic pain from cancer who are already receiving around-the-clock pain treatment in the form of another narcotic. Since fentanyl is very strong, it can be used to manage the severe breakthrough pain that cancer patients often experience, even when they’re receiving other pain medicines.

Unfortunately, because of its potency and the euphoric high fentanyl can initially create in someone when they use it, it’s become part of the opioid epidemic impacting much of the nation.

Fentanyl and Xanax
There are a few ways fentanyl has become particularly problematic.

The first is with people who are prescribed to the drug, in many cases when they shouldn’t necessarily have been, who then become dependent on it. People who use fentanyl can become physically dependent on it relatively quickly as they develop a tolerance, and their body becomes used to its presence.

When this happens, and they stop taking it, they will experience withdrawal symptoms. Even when fentanyl is prescribed to a patient, a physician will often have them taper off the drug rather than suddenly stopping it because of the withdrawal symptoms.

People may also start taking fentanyl knowingly and buying it illicitly because they want that powerful high that it can bring. These people may obtain a prescription and then abuse it by taking it in ways other than what’s directed, or they may buy it off the streets, including counterfeit versions.

Another way fentanyl is becoming problematic is because people are inadvertently taking it. They may think they’re taking heroin or another kind of drug, but it’s laced with fentanyl.

Counterfeit drug manufacturers and dealers are increasingly combining it with other drugs, such as heroin mixed with fentanyl or fentanyl and Xanax. It’s so potent that it’s measured in micrograms, and even a small amount taken without someone knowing it can lead to an overdose or death.

Fentanyl and Xanax being combined has been a problem across the country including in Florida and California. There have been public warnings issued by local authorities across the U.S., and it’s sometimes called the “super pill.”

Fentanyl and Xanax combinations usually aren’t something people are aware of when they buy Xanax off the streets, and it’s extremely dangerous.

The tablets that combine fentanyl and Xanax are often thinner than a legitimate Xanax, and they may have a number stamped on them.

Xanax on its own is also a commonly abused prescription drug that’s used in the treatment of anxiety and panic disorders. It impacts chemicals in the brain to help with anxiety symptoms, and it can create a sense of calm and relaxation.

Xanax is one of the most abused and most addictive drugs on the market, and even without a combination of fentanyl, Xanax can lead to dependence and addiction relatively quickly. When people start seeking Xanax outside of a prescription, they are putting themselves at a higher risk of purchasing Xanax laced with fentanyl.

Because it is more pure than regular meth, ice is more addictive and creates an extended high that users can feel up to 24 hours after use. It is typically manufactured in chemical “super labs” that can preserve its potency with little to no additives.

Using methamphetamine in any form can result in a number of harmful side effects and health risks. Some of the most common symptoms of meth abuse include:

  • Dilated pupils
  • Anxiety
  • Teeth grinding
  • Paranoia
  • Psychosis
  • Hallucinations
  • Meth sores
  • Meth mouth
  • Kidney failure
  • Bacterial infections
  • Malnutrition
  • Overdose
  • Death
There are first and foremost immediate dangers that can come from taking fentanyl no matter the situation, including respiratory depression that leads to coma or death. There are even more dangers when opiates are combined with benzodiazepines.

Opioids combined with benzodiazepines, which would be fentanyl and Xanax, leads to an increased risk of overdose. Benzos heighten the effects of opioids, and fentanyl is already one of the most potent opioids available.

Along with a high likelihood of overdose, combining fentanyl and Xanax creates an even bigger risk of abuse.

The reason is because opiates and benzos both can cause respiratory depression and sedation, which is what leads to death in situations of overdose.

The best thing you can do to protect yourself is never to buy Xanax off the streets, and only take what you’re prescribed. It’s also important to make sure you’re never putting yourself in a situation where you’re mixing fentanyl and Xanax, whether inadvertently or intentionally.

Fentanyl and Xanax
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