Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is often mixed with other drugs, such as meth, cocaine, and MDMA, and since it takes only a small amount of fentanyl to get high, it becomes a cheaper option for those who are addicted and need a fix. But, not only does it take very little fentanyl to get high, but it also takes very little fentanyl to overdose. Other side effects of fentanyl abuse include vomiting, low blood pressure, dizziness, fainting, and headache. Fentanyl addiction and opioid abuse are devastating problems. Unfortunately, this issue has impacted countless families in Delaware. Most of the fentanyl responsible for overdose deaths is non-pharmaceutical grade. The potency and purity of this fentanyl are unpredictable. The drug is made in illegal labs in other countries and then smuggled into the United States. Unfortunately, non-pharmaceutical fentanyl is cut into illegal prescription pain medication and illicit street drugs. Unknowing addicts who use these drugs then overdose, and many have died because of it. Countless families in Delaware are searching for effective treatment options. Fentanyl detox and rehab treatments in Delaware offer practical solutions to help addicts and their families. Typically, the first step that many families take is an addiction assessment or evaluation. The assessment process is a useful step for the drug user and their family.

Fentanyl Information, Statistics, and Tips to Stay Safe

Tips to Combat Fentanyl Abuse

  • Never stop taking medication without consulting a doctor.
  • Consider joining a support group to help you with your addiction.
  • Look for medical detox programs specialized in opioid detox.
  • If you have a loved one or an employee who you know is abusing opioids, keep naloxone handy.
  • Be aware of signs of overdose. If you see one of your friends blacking out, or showing other severe side effects, get help immediately.

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An addiction assessment does narrow down treatment resources and ensures the drug user attends a program that will benefit their needs. Some of the rehabilitation options, families and drug users can access include outpatient, intensive outpatient or partial hospitalization, residential drug rehab and or inpatient hospital treatment. Before attending or going through counseling, the first treatment step is withdrawal management. Withdrawal management, in this case, is the process of using medication to manage withdrawal symptoms. Most treatment plans will include medication. Common drugs used to manage withdrawal symptoms include methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone. Opioid withdrawal refers to a wide range of symptoms. Typically, the symptoms can last ten days or more and may peak within three to five days. However, some variables determine this. For example, the number of opioids used, the length of time they were taken, and any underlying medical conditions affect withdrawal symptoms. Medication during withdrawal management is not a cure. Following this process, the drug user must receive behavioral counseling or therapy, which is often always included with opioid treatment programs or medication-assisted treatment services.

Fentanyl Abuse and Opioid Misuse Prevention in Delaware

The Prescription Drug Monitoring Program in Delaware is maintained and monitored by the Office of Controlled Substances, within the Delaware Division of Professional Regulation. The PMP system collects information on all controlled substances Scheduled II, III, IV, and V prescriptions. Prescription data is reported by all licensed pharmacies and prescribers. Prescription drug monitoring programs have helped in reducing the number of illegal prescriptions and overprescribing. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2018, the opioid prescribing rate in Delaware was 60.6 prescriptions per 100 people, which was higher than the national average of 51.4 opioid prescriptions per 100 people. Per a research report titled A Blueprint for Transforming Opioid Use Disorder Treatment in Delaware published in 2018, there were indicators that prescription pain medication misuse and illicit opioid use were much higher in the state than the national average at the time. At the time of this report, the state continued to have the highest rate of all states in the nation of prescribing high dosage and long-acting pain medication.

Within Delaware, fentanyl abuse has caused a great deal of damage. In August 2019, two men were charged with offenses of drug trafficking. One of these individuals sold heroin and 600 fake pills of Oxycodone that contained fentanyl. They also searched their home and found additional heroin, cocaine, and 14 000 more fake pills laced with fentanyl. Many deaths involved fentanyl. Based on data from the Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) website, in 2018, 72% of deaths caused by overdoses involved fentanyl, and that has risen from the percentage in 2017, which was 58%. We can see that fentanyl is an issue in Delaware and that addiction treatment is greatly needed.

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Marcel Gemme, DATS

Marcel Gemme, DATS


on June 24, 2022

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Marcel Gemme has been helping people struggling with addiction for over 19 years. He first started as an intake counselor for a drug rehabilitation center in 2000. During his 5 years as an intake counselor, he helped many addicts get the treatment they needed. He also dealt with the families and friends of those people; he saw first-hand how much strain addiction puts on a family and how it can tear relationships apart. With drug and alcohol problems constantly on the rise in the United States and Canada, he decided to use the Internet as a way to educate and help many more people in both those countries. This was 15 years ago. Since then, Marcel has built two of the largest websites in the U.S. and Canada which reach and help millions of people each year. He is an author and a leader in the field of drug and alcohol addiction. His main focus is threefold: education, prevention and rehabilitation. To this day, he still strives to be at the forefront of technology in order to help more and more people. He is a Licensed Drug and Alcohol Treatment Specialist graduate with Honours of Stratford Career Institute. Marcel has also received a certificate from Harvard for completing a course entitled The Opioid Crisis in America and a certificate from The University of Adelaide for completing a course entitled AddictionX: Managing Addiction: A Framework for Succesful Treatment.