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Fentanyl is dangerous to anyone who uses it, but it has also been known to be dangerous to first-responders, and this is because fentanyl can be absorbed through the skin and can also be inhaled. Drug problems within the territory of Puerto Rico include illegal street drugs and prescription narcotics such as pain medications. Fentanyl has been becoming a popular drug that is manufactured and sold throughout the United States. Fentanyl detox and rehab treatments in Puerto Rico offer the necessary resources to help drugs user and their families. When searching for treatment options within the territory, a family may start with an addiction assessment. The assessment process does determine if there is a drug problem, and what the extent of the addiction is. The assessment process also narrows down treatment options for the family and drug users. Following an assessment, the most common first step is withdrawal management. Withdrawal management is the process of using medication to control withdrawal symptoms. The standard delivery options for withdrawal management are a medication-assisted treatment center and an opioid treatment program. The process of using medication is not anything new, and opioid addicts have been doing this for many years. Yet, withdrawal management must be done in combination with some form of behavioral counseling or therapy. Every drug user has underlying issues they are struggling with, which require counseling. Withdrawal management alone does not sustain long-lasting recovery or sobriety.

List of Rehab Centers for Fentanyl Dependency in Puerto Rico

Below, you will find a list of the detoxification services available for Fentanyl addiction in Puerto Rico. 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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There is a common misconception that detox alone is all an opioid drug user requires. The thought is once they can detox, they can abstain from using opioids again. However, after detox, if further treatment is not done, there is an increased risk for relapse and even overdose. Opioid withdrawal refers to a wide range of symptoms that occur after stopping the use of opioid drugs. Typically, the withdrawal can last about ten days and even longer or may last around three to five days. The severity of the withdrawal symptoms depends on the drug users' age, the extent of the addiction, what drugs are used, and if there are any underlying medical conditions. Withdrawal management offers proper support and helps people struggling with opioid addiction. There are different treatment resources available in Puerto Rico, such as partial and inpatient hospitalization, along with residential and intensive outpatient services. Puerto Rico has been hard hit by opioids and fentanyl abuse. Countless people across the territory are struggling with addiction requiring proper help and treatment.

Non-pharmaceutical fentanyl can be found mixed in with other drugs such as cocaine and heroin. It is very common for prescription pain medication users to eventually start using heroin. The average person can take a prescription pain drug as directed, but most pain medications are habit-forming and can lead to long-term dependencies. There are numerous drug treatment centers and medical detox programs available within Puerto Rico to help opiate users and people who abuse prescription opiates such as fentanyl.

Fentanyl Addiction and Opioid Abuse Prevention in Puerto Rico

The island of Puerto Rico has been able to adequately track the number of overdose deaths, drug addiction, and other problems associated with opioids before and after Hurricane Maria. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and local nonprofit groups believe that actual deaths and overdoses in the territory are far higher than official numbers. Prevention and education efforts in Puerto Rico help some, but the problem continues to hit many of the communities. The heavy presence of law enforcement on the island after the Category 4 storm in 2017 and the paralyzed modes of transport for drug smugglers led to heroin being replaced with fentanyl. Within Puerto Rico, fentanyl is available at hospitals, since it is legally produced on the island. Criminals will threaten hospital staff with violence or death to obtain fentanyl. Along with the locally produced fentanyl, there is a less-controlled version of the drug being smuggled in from China and India. Prevention, education, and treatment are the most effective ways to help drug users overcome their dangerous addiction to opioids.

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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.