I’m going to keep this short, because for several reasons, I don’t think it would be a good thing to say too much about it, even without identifying or naming anyone. I’m embroiled in a family crisis right now involving fentanyl addiction (not me).
All I am going to say about that is this is a terrible and extremely addictive drug that’s often passed off as “heroin” but it’s actually fifty times stronger than heroin and a hundred times stronger than morphine. It can kill very easily because it depresses the respiratory system and it’s extremely easy to overdose.
I’m scared out of my wits and can’t focus on much else. Writing has fallen by the wayside for now, but I’ll try to post every so often because I love blogging and find it relaxing and therapeutic (even when the subject matter I post isn’t all sunshine and kittens).
I’m trying to keep my own head together by getting involved in Al Anon (an addict is an addict, whether it’s alcohol or drugs — plus there are no comparable 12 step type support programs for the families of drug addicts) and learning to deal with my own reactions to the addiction and its attendant behaviors (since the people involved are adults I cannot force them into treatment).
Please pray for my family that these two people recover and get treatment.
The opiate crisis is real. Our government needs to do something about it, but they probably won’t. There’s big money in prescription fentanyl and other strong opiates for Big Pharma. I realize chronic or severe pain patients need relief, but these opiates are deadly and are too easily obtainable by people looking for a quick high. But the Trump administration will never put the health and wellbeing of the people ahead of profits and greed.