ReVIDA Recovery® Johnson City, a ReVIDA Recovery® Center in Johnson City, TN, has recently released an article that provides a guide on fentanyl identification. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is 80 to 100 times stronger than morphine. While it was previously developed for medical purposes, such as for relieving severe pain, it is often misused and it is oftentimes disguised as another drug, such as cocaine or heroin, which means that some people don’t realize they have been using fentanyl. This has resulted in thousands of fentanyl overdoses, which is why it is important to be able to identify fentanyl.

Fentanyl can be hard to distinguish when it is combined with other drugs. Thus, the easiest way to avoid accidentally taking fentanyl is to avoid taking illicit drugs and non-prescribed medications. Fentanyl is usually found in pill, powder, or liquid form. As a pill, fentanyl is available in different colors but most of the time it is either a white or blue pill. It will also depend on whether it is combined with other drugs, such as Xanax, Adderall, or oxycodone (OxyContin). In powder form, fentanyl is either a white or brown substance. And in its powdered form, it is often mixed with heroin or cocaine. In liquid form, fentanyl can be found in nasal sprays, eye drops, and combined with other substances. It is also important to know the street names for fentanyl. These are, but not limited to: Apace, China Girl, Dance Fever, Goodfellas, He-Man, Poison, and Tango and Cash.

It is almost impossible to determine if certain drugs have been laced with fentanyl unless fentanyl test strips are used, according to the CDC. These strips are cheap and can provide results within five minutes. However, such test strips may not be able to detect fentanyl-like drugs, such as carfentanil, which are even more potent.

They want to stress that taking any kind of illegal drug use includes the risk of taking fentanyl and suffering from an overdose. A fentanyl overdose is always a medical emergency. One way of determining if a person has taken fentanyl is through its side effects, which include: euphoria (great happiness); pain relief; relaxation; sedation; confusion; drowsiness; dizziness; nausea; vomiting; urinary retention; and pupillary constriction (black centers of the eyes look smaller).

There are several indications of a person suffering from a fentanyl overdose. These include: coma, feeling cold or having clammy skin, change in pupil size, having a bluish skin tint, breathing problems, and a slowed heartbeat.

Fentanyl addiction has similar signs and symptoms as an opioid use disorder. These include: changes in sleep habits; lack of hygiene (personal cleanliness); sleepiness; weight loss; unable to control opioid use; unable to quit using opioids despite wanting to; flu-like symptoms; financial problems; strong cravings for opioids; isolation from people one was previously close to; and problems at school or work.

The ReVIDA Recovery® Center provides fentanyl overdose treatment, medication-assisted treatment (MAT), and counseling to help the patient overcome opioid use disorder. Their professional team has the experience, knowledge, and passion needed to provide assistance to people seeking recovery.

ReVIDA Recovery® Johnson City was founded with the goal of promoting safe and healthy communities by enabling individuals to get their lives back on track after struggling with opioid use disorder. They are creating a leading network of outpatient recovery centers that focus on clinical excellence and industry-leading results. Their clinical expertise, based on science and data, is used to drive their evidence-based techniques. They are proud of their work and they are ready to publicly challenge the stigmas associated with substance use disorder. ReVIDA Recovery® Johnson City is a comprehensive behavioral healthcare provider that provides medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder among other services.

People who would like to know more about the services provided by ReVIDA Recovery® Johnson City can visit their website, or contact them through the telephone or via email. They are open from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, from Monday to Friday.

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For more information about ReVIDA Recovery® Johnson City, contact the company here:

ReVIDA Recovery® Johnson City
423-631-0432
generalinfo@revidarecovery.com
3114 Browns Mill Road,
Johnson City, TN, 37604

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