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The Dangers of Fentanyl Abuse

There are many dangers associated with abusing narcotic medications, including fentanyl. Taking too much can be physically dangerous. Large doses can cause breathing problems, extreme sedation, coma, and even death, especially in people who are not used to the medication. Even what seems like a small fentanyl dosage may be dangerous to someone who is not used to taking it.
 
In addition, the emotional and social consequences of abuse can be devastating. Relationships and careers can be destroyed, and years of hard work can be ruined in a short time. Abuse can also affect society through violence, drug-related crimes, and car accidents.
 

Who Is at Risk for Abusing Fentanyl?

Drug abuse can happen to anyone. However, not everyone who uses fentanyl will abuse it. Unfortunately, it is difficult to know beforehand who will develop a problem and who will not.
 
Some people, however, have an increased risk for narcotic abuse. This includes people with a personal or family history of addiction or drug or alcohol abuse, and people with mental health problems, such as depression and bipolar disorder.
 

Where to Go for Help

If you feel you may be developing a problem with fentanyl addiction or abuse, please seek help. Addiction is a treatable illness; however, you cannot overcome it alone. Your healthcare provider is a great place to start when searching for help. He or she will be able to assist you in dealing with the problem, or may suggest other resources.
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