A North Carolina mother was recently charged with felony child neglect after her nine-month-old daughter died of ingesting a heroin and fentanyl mix in November 2017. Thirty-year-old Lacrystal Renee McClain of Garner also faced a weapon charge after a stolen gun was recovered from her apartment. Her daughter Allie Gaines died on Nov. 15, 2017, after ingesting a paper containing heroin and fentanyl.
McClain has been kept in the Wake County jail since February for an attempt to traffic heroin along with Allie’s father Albert Gaines Jr. who was already in prison on the charge of child abuse. McClain was also charged for keeping and selling drugs from her residence.
Understanding fentanyl rage
Fentanyl, a potent synthetic opioid, is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to be used as a pain reliever and anesthetic. The drug that is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine can be taken orally as a pill or a tablet, injected, smoked or snorted/sniffed. Recent cases of fentanyl-related overdoses have been linked to illegally made fentanyl sold in illegal drug markets, often mixed with heroin and/or cocaine. Its use has significantly increased across various U.S. states, as it is cheaper than heroin or cocaine, can be easily obtained and often mixed with heroin to be sold to gullible users as pure heroin. The result is a toxic buildup that heightens the risk of a faster overdose.
Fentanyl is sold in the form of powder, tablets or spiked on blotted paper similar to lesser effective opioids like heroin. Even a small dose of it is powerful enough to cause death. Non-medical use of fentanyl or its misuse can lead to severe health effects like depression, drowsiness, slowed heart rate, unconsciousness, and hallucinations, among others. The most worrisome trend is the production of counterfeit pharmaceutical preparations containing varying proportions of fentanyl and its analogues. When uninformed customers purchase such products, they don’t realize that they are putting their lives in danger.
Deaths associated with abuse of fentanyl-related substances are on the rise in the U.S. It is usually manufactured by clandestine manufacturers outside the U.S. and then smuggled into the country. A number of factors have contributed to this public health crisis, but the chief cause behind the rise in fentanyl-related overdose cases has been the recent increase in the drug’s availability and the increased drug potency. As per the U.S. officials, most fentanyl that comes into the U.S. is produced in China and enters through Mexico. According to the DEA, over 12 different analogues of fentanyl have been produced clandestinely and identified in the U.S. drug traffic.
Road to recovery
A synthetic opiate pain reliever, fentanyl is often sought out illegally and mixed with heroin and cocaine to heighten its effects. Given that fentanyl is also laced with other drugs sold on the street, an unsuspecting buyer may not know what he/she is getting. Fentanyl is a Schedule II prescription drug that can be toxic even when taken in very small amounts. Regardless of whether the drug came with a prescription or was purchased illegally, fentanyl’s high strength makes addiction particularly dangerous, requiring a professional treatment that combines medically supervised detoxification followed by intense psychotherapies.
San Clemente-based Sovereign Health offers detoxification as the first step to treat people suffering from opioid addiction. Call our 24/7 helpline number (855)-683-9756 for further information on opioid addiction treatment programs. You may also chat online with our experts for immediate assistance regarding treatment for opioid addiction.