About Fentanyl Addiction
Fentanyl addiction continues to grow as the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) reports increases in overdose deaths. This powerful opioid provides pain relief for people already tolerant of other opioids like morphine. Being 100 times stronger than heroin makes fentanyl popular on the street for people seeking a quick high. But it also easily leads to addiction and overdose.
Fentanyl works like other opioids, but to a greater extreme due to its potency. Using it changes your brain chemistry, especially after dependence sets in. After dependence, your brain relies on the drug. If you stop using it, this triggers your brain to restore its own balance. In this struggle, you feel effects of fentanyl withdrawal.
Fentanyl Withdrawal Symptoms
- Yawning, teary eyes, pupil dilation, and runny nose
- Sweating, chills, and weakness
- Restlessness, anxiety, and sleeplessness
- Stomach cramps, muscle pain, and joint pain