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The Growing Fentanyl Issue: What You Need to Know

Facts on Fentanyl Overdose and Prevention

The opioid crisis has been a growing issue in the United States, with fentanyl being one of the most dangerous and deadly drugs. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is 50-100 times more potent than morphine, making it extremely dangerous for users. In recent years, there has been an increase in fentanyl overdoses, especially among kids and in schools. It is important to be aware of the signs of an overdose and how to prevent them.

Read on to learn more about the growing fentanyl issue and how to detect signs of overdose. If you or a loved one exhibits any of these symptoms, don’t hesitate to seek immediate medical care at Advance ER. Contact us at (214) 494-8222 to request care today.

Detecting and Preventing Overdose

At Advance ER, we understand the importance of educating our community about fentanyl overdose prevention. One way to prevent an overdose is by recognizing the most common signs. These may include the following and more:

  • Small constricted “pinpoint pupils”
  • Falling asleep or losing consciousness
  • Slow, labored, breathing (or signs of no breathing)
  • Choking or gurgling sounds
  • Limp body
  • Cold and/or clammy skin
  • Blue lips or fingernails

If you suspect someone may be experiencing an overdose from opioids like fentanyl, it is important to call 911 right away and administer naloxone if available. Naloxone is a life-saving medication that can reverse an opioid overdose when given in time. Visit an Advance ER location for emergency care.

Emergency Care from a Team Who Cares

At Advance ER, we strive to provide our community with the education, resources, support, and medical care necessary to prevent fentanyl overdose. Contact us to learn more about treatment or to request emergency care. Our team can be reached at (214) 494-8222.