Here at Recovery Ways, we are experienced in providing Fentanyl addiction treatment to patients of all ages and backgrounds. Our staff is comprised of Masters level clinicians who are dedicated to providing you with the highest quality care and treatment. Unlike many other facilities, we are licensed to administer individualized Suboxone treatment plans that will aid with the opioid addiction treatment process.
Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid similar to meperidine (Demerol) and is 50-100 times stronger than morphine. It is one of the most potent opiate drugs on the market. It’s a schedule II prescription drug, which means it is highly addictive but still useful medically. It is used for severe pain and for cancer breakthrough pain (pain flare-up despite narcotic treatment) because it inhibits pain pathways to the brain from the site of pain, increases dopamine in the brain, and is short-acting. It directly affects the central nervous system. It is available in different forms with different names.
Actiq is in the form of a lollipop and taken as such by patients already on pain-relieving medications.
Abstral is a tablet form placed under the tongue for opiate-tolerant patients with breakthrough cancer pain.
Duragesic is a skin patch that is a slow release pain treatment that can last up to 3 days.
Fentora is a tablet placed between the upper cheek and gum.
Lazanda is a nasal spray mostly used by cancer patients.
Sublimaze is an injectable form given by medical staff before or after surgeries.
Subsys is a spray put under the tongue usually for patients with breakthrough cancer pain for immediate relief.
Most of these fentanyl forms are made to be slow releasing. However, addicts have discovered ways to get it more quickly which is dangerous because it can lead to an overdose. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) said that between 2005 – 2007 more than 1,000 people died of fentanyl abuse in America.