As if the nation’s drug problem wasn’t bad enough already, drugs mixed with dangerous fillers bring the problem to a whole new level. The most recent drug and filler combination to make the news is fentanyl-laced heroin. Fentanyl is a powerful narcotic, sometimes prescribed to cancer patients as a last resort. It is a white powder that looks similar to heroin. When mixed with heroin, however, the results can be fatal. Join ARCpoint Labs of Kansas City North to learn more about this serious threat to public health.
From March 3 and April 20, 2014 alone, fentanyl-laced heroin took the lives of at least 28 people, and it is suspected that additional deaths may be linked to fentanyl-laced heroin in the near future. It is probable that most, if not all, of these victims had no idea that their drugs were tainted with fentanyl. There is often no way of knowing if users have pure heroin or fentanyl-laced heroin until their test results come in at the morgue.
A Deadly Drug Threat Advances on the Nation
Currently, fentanyl-laced heroin has been making its way around the Northeast, particularly the Philadelphia area, and there is no way to tell with certainty where the drug will end up next. It could wind up in Kansas City, Dallas or even San Diego. Police are also still unsure where the fentanyl is coming from and who is responsible for distributing it. One thing is for sure, however: fentanyl-laced heroin is a dangerous drug that puts users at extreme risk.
While police work to get to the bottom of the situation, the best thing that the public can do is to avoid trying to distinguish between the regular heroin and the heroin that contains fentanyl, and to simply avoid all heroin altogether. While this may be easier said than done for some, this fentanyl scare may be just what they need to end their addiction for good before the fentanyl forces them to.
Combat Drug Addiction in Kansas City’s Northland
Are you ready to help protect North Kansas City business from drug-related threats? ARCpoint Labs of Kansas City North provides drug and alcohol testing services for Northland businesses and individuals, including heroin testing.
To learn more about our services or to discuss heroin testing for your business, contact ARCpoint Labs of Kansas City North online or at (816) 399-4597.