Pinnacle Peak’s Detox Center in Scottsdale, Arizona spoke out recently about the concern around fentanyl being discovered in marijuana. With marijuana being a commonly consumed substance, and fentanyl-based overdoses increasing in past years, their aim is to provide educational content to help their community stay informed.
The blog starts by explaining what can happen when multiple substances are mixed together. “The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) says that mixing drugs can be risky because they are made from chemicals. When different chemicals are combined, they can produce unpredictable effects – sometimes even coma or death.” The blog reads. “NIDA also says the same applies to all drugs, not just illicit ones. Taking cold medicine a few hours before drinking alcohol at an outing with friends, for example, can also result in dangerous effects. Just because you were able to do it once before does not mean that it will have the same effect the next time you do it.”
Next, the blog moves into the main subject – discussing recent reports of fentanyl in weed and how the public can take steps to keep themselves safe. First, they give the tools for how to check for fentanyl. “It is possible to determine if marijuana has been laced with fentanyl through test strips. These test strips are inexpensive and can be found at your local pharmacy… Because the readings are not 100% accurate, the CDC still recommends that you use them with caution if you get a negative reading and test again if you get an invalid one.”
“Smoking weed laced with fentanyl intentionally can create problems and dangers in your life. While you might enjoy getting high, its impact on your mental, social, educational, and occupational lives can be detrimental.” Pinnacle Peak Detox Center elaborates, answering the questions regarding why people should be concerned about fentanyl lacing. They also talk about how multi-substance use, such as consuming marijuana and fentanyl at the same time, can also increase the risk of overdose.
Finally, the Scottsdale detox center wants to provide people with information on how to spot an overdose. In local Arizona county, Maricopa, most overdose deaths involve more than one substance. Pinnacle Peak mentions this as one of their reasons for concern. “NIDA says that overdosing on fentanyl causes the slowing or stopping of breathing, which can lead to a condition known as hypoxia. Hypoxia is when there is less oxygen in the brain. This can lead to a coma, brain damage, or even death. Overdosing on fentanyl can also put you at a higher risk for suicide, amnesia, and seizures.”
The article goes more in-depth regarding fentanyl, how to identify it, and what steps a person can take to address both overdose and a substance use disorder.
Pinnacle Peak Detox Center is a full-service treatment center for those with substance or alcohol use disorders. Their program utilizes evidence-based treatments such as combining detox with dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), which is known to have higher success rates by encouraging learning skills and healthy behaviors to deal with stressful situations. With a home-like environment, their clients feel surrounded by support and can focus on their recovery.
To learn more about Pinnacle Peak Detox Center and their program, call 877-781-5821 or visit their website.
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