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US counter-narcotics official lauds UN plans to rein in fentanyl

Posted on 03-16-17 in Addiction

William Brownfield, assistant secretary of state for the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, has lauded an impending United Nations move to control substances used in making deadly synthetic drug fentanyl. However, he acknowledged that it would not entirely wipe out illegal trafficking of chemicals right away.

During an interview with the Associated Press, he iterated that the U.N.’s proposal to track and rein in the illegal movement of fentanyl as well as materials used to produce the potent opiate illegally is paramount to curbing drug use and overdoses.

The effort by the U.N. may be just one credible stage that would help in weaning dependency or addiction to the drug, said Brownfield. Fentanyl abuse caused 33,000 deaths in the U.S. in 2015. The U.N. is going the right way as it has decided to relegate fentanyl and precursors to a list of globally controlled substances, paving the way for improved monitoring across borders.

Illegal production on the rise

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid pain reliever touted as 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine. Prescribed in the form of transdermal patches or lozenges, fentanyl treats severe pain but also carries the risk of gross misuse and abuse. The recent spate of fentanyl-related overdoses and deaths in the U.S. have occurred due to the illegal production of the drug, which floods the gray market for its heroin-like effects. Further, manufacturers often concoct it with heroin and cocaine, without the knowledge of the buyer, to enhance its euphoric effects.

Apart from the effort by the U.N. to pull the plug on illegally made fentanyl across the globe, there are other measures which, if implemented, can significantly thwart the harm caused by opioids misuse. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), says that improving opioid prescribing through guidelines in clinical practice can go a long way in providing safer and more effective treatment while reducing opioid-related abuse and overdose.

Fentanyl abuse has ripped apart the American society, causing large-scale mayhem in the form of overdoses and deaths. According to the CDC, over 183,000 people have died from overdoses related to prescription opioids in the country between 1999 and 2015. As confirmed by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, China remains the main source of fentanyl for the country while Mexico facilitates as the main entry point.

Be it illicit fentanyl or any other pharmaceutical drugs, drug abuse is a long-drawn-out battle for the country, which has already killed thousands of people. Misuse of prescription drugs has rocked the boat for the U.S. population and reached the level of an epidemic. Illegally made fentanyl is just one of them.

Dealing with addiction

Whether it is prescription drug misuse or any other illicit substance, addiction is a malady that needs immediate attention. Chronic and long-term addiction can elicit painful withdrawals. An early treatment ensures long-term recovery and mitigates the chances of relapse. So, if you or a loved one is struggling with any substance abuse, seek immediate professional assistance.

The Sovereign Health understands the plight of someone who is unable to stop misusing opioids such as fentanyl. Our customized substance use disorder programs are tailored to individual needs in order to treat the person holistically.

Get in touch with the Sovereign Health to gain access to the latest and innovative treatment methods at our state-of-the-art drug addiction treatment centers spread across the U.S. Whether you are looking for opioid addiction treatment centers in California or at a place closer home, call at our 24/7 helpline number 888-530-4614 or chat online to know about the most effective opioid treatment programs at our reliable facilities.


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