Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid, which means it is a fully man-made substance. This drug is used legally, mostly for pain management during and after surgery, but it is sadly also being made and sold illegally on the streets, both on its own and mixed with other drugs such as cocaine and heroin, as well as being made into counterfeit pills and sold as Xanax or Vicodin, which can make it into a deadly combination. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has categorized fentanyl as a Schedule II controlled substance and what this means is that it has a high potential for abuse, and it is also considered dangerous. Because of the high consumer demand for fentanyl, drug cartels within Mexico are manufacturing the drug and smuggling it into the United States. Fentanyl will produce a stronger high than heroin, and non-pharmaceutical fentanyl is far more dangerous than heroin and morphine. Opiate abuse and addiction affect thousands of people within the state of New Mexico. Most opiate abuse problems start with a prescription for a painkiller; fentanyl is still prescribed and given out in hospitals for extreme pain and is highly addictive. The most common situation for people who abuse prescription opiates is they end up abusing heroin. The reason for this is fentanyl, and other prescribed painkillers can be very expensive when purchased illegally. Drug rehab centers within the state of New Mexico are fully equipped to treat fentanyl addiction and other opiate problems. The rehabilitation process will involve medical detox and therapy within a medical detox program and or an outpatient or inpatient drug rehab center.

List of Detox & Rehab Centers for Fentanyl Dependency in New Mexico

Below, you will find a list of the medical detoxification services available for Fentanyl addiction in New Mexico. These treatments are medically supervised, you should however confirm this with the facility. The list may be incomplete, so if you have a hard time finding the proper medical detox center for you or a loved one, call a treatment specialist at 1-800-304-2219.

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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Fentanyl is a dangerous drug and has been responsible for countless overdose deaths across the state. Fentanyl detox and rehab treatments in NM provide practical and effective treatment solutions to help drug users and their families. When searching for treatment programs in New Mexico, most families follow through with an addiction assessment. The assessment process is an excellent solution because it helps determine if there is a drug problem, and what the extent of the addiction is. Most opioid addiction involves different types of opioids. Unfortunately, the fentanyl causing an overdose is often cut into illicit street drugs such as heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamine. Unknowing drug users consume these substances without knowing there is a potentially lethal dose of fentanyl. The assessment process will help a family or drug user narrow down treatment options. It is essential to locate the best possible treatment, especially for an addiction involving opioids. There is a broad treatment setting within the state.

Drug users and families searching for treatment can access inpatient treatment, intensive outpatient treatment, partial hospitalization, and inpatient hospitalization. However, the first treatment step is withdrawal management, which is often done with medication when treating opioid addiction. Standard withdrawal management programs are medication-assisted treatment or opioid treatment programs. The medication is used to control withdrawal symptoms and should not be considered the final form of treatment. Medication-assisted treatment alone does not sustain long-lasting recovery or sobriety. Following any kind of withdrawal management, it is essential to receive counseling or therapy. Opioid withdrawal refers to a wide range of symptoms. Typically, withdrawal symptoms can last about ten days, but this is different for each person. Some of the symptoms may last for about three to five days. When most drug users attempt to quit cold turkey, it will lead to stronger cravings. Withdrawal management addresses the withdrawal cravings, but inpatient drug rehab centers provide the necessary counseling and therapy.

Fentanyl Addiction and Opioid Abuse Prevention in New Mexico

The New Mexico Board of Pharmacy operates the Prescription Monitoring Program. These programs are excellent methods to prevent drug diversions, prescription drug addiction, and over-prescribing. Prescription Monitoring Programs are secure databases where prescribers and practitioners can access medication history and ensure their patient's safety. According to the New Mexico Board of Pharmacy, about half of the overdose deaths in New Mexico involve a prescription drug. Oxycodone accounted for most of the overdose deaths in 2016, followed by alprazolam, fentanyl, hydrocodone, and methadone. In 2016, approximately 50% of overdose deaths involved prescription opioids. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2018, the opioid prescribing rate was 49.4 prescriptions per 100 persons. The New Mexico Department of Health has taken many steps to prevent overdose and addiction within the state. Prevention is vital in helping drug users access the treatment they need and receive proper aftercare support.

Fentanyl is prevalent in New Mexico and has caused a great deal of damage. For instance, in September 2019, a woman was pulled over for a routine traffic stop, and after Albuquerque police searched her car, they found 21 grams of fentanyl in it, which they said was enough to kill 7,000 people. There were also many deaths caused by fentanyl abuse. In 2017, 75 deaths involved synthetic opioids (mostly fentanyl) in New Mexico, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). So, we can see that New Mexico does need help and also needs to be provided with addiction treatment services and programs to treat fentanyl abuse and addiction.

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Marcel Gemme, DATS

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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.