Halloween is a time that many look forward to, and hope to get scared a little, like in a haunted house. So, with Halloween just around the corner, it is so appropriate that this topic come up. This is really scary. Life threatening, scary. Those of you who have been to my classes recently have heard me discuss the gravity of our opioid situation. This has come to be a situation that will affect, in one way or another, every single one of us and we need to know what to do about it. Prevention, of course, is the best, but we are way past that working alone. The drugs are here and they do not seem to be going away any time soon. In fact, it is speculated that the epidemic will get worse before it gets better.
For those who do not know which drugs we are talking about, they are heroin, fentanyl, and other prescription pain medications. There are SO many fake versions on the street, mostly fentanyl or laced with fentanyl. Heroin is made from poppies. Fentanyl is a synthetic drug 30 times stronger than heroin. Please watch the videos from today’s episode of The Drs. Although broken into pieces, now, this episode does a FANTASTIC job of showing just how frightening this situation is and why we ALL need to worry.
Also, please know that Narcan or Naloxone can be purchased at pharmacies in Arizona without a prescription. Governor Ducey signed that into law in May of 2016. I share this, again, to show the gravity of the situation.
I beg each of you to watch these clips and leave a comment here. Then, SHARE with anyone who will listen. We have to get the word out about just how bad this is. It’s the only way to try to stop this nightmare.
Clips below are from The Drs episode “The United States on Addiction” aired 10/26/17.