You may have heard of fentanyl, but what is rainbow fentanyl? This new form of the deadly drug is even more potent and dangerous than regular fentanyl. If you or someone you care about is struggling with addiction involving fentanyl, consider getting professional help. The Right Step Houston offers a fentanyl rehab program in Texas. Call 1.844.768.0169 today to get started on the road to recovery.
What Is Rainbow Fentanyl?
Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid pain medication similar to morphine but 50 to 100 times more potent. It is a schedule II prescription drug, typically used to treat patients in severe pain or who have developed a tolerance to other opioids. Fentanyl is also sometimes used as a recreational drug and can be deadly when abused.
On top of fentanyl being much more potent than other opioids, it is also much more dangerous because it can be deadly even in small doses. And rainbow fentanyl is even worse—the new form of the drug is more potent than regular fentanyl. It is made by combining different types of fentanyl, which makes it more dangerous.
The different colors of the rainbow represent the different types of fentanyl combined. These types are often illegally-made fentanyl (IMF) drugs, made in clandestine laboratories, and often cut with other substances, making them even more dangerous. They are also cheaper to produce than pharmaceutical-grade fentanyl, making them more accessible and attractive to people who want to abuse opioids. This also means that people who use rainbow fentanyl are more likely to overdose.
Many people become addicted to opioids like fentanyl after taking them for pain relief. Opioids are very addictive and can lead to addiction even when taken as prescribed by a doctor.
What Are the Dangers of Opioid Addiction?
Opioid addiction can lead to overdose and death.
Signs of Opioid Addiction
Some signs of fentanyl addiction include taking the drug for longer than prescribed, taking higher doses than prescribed, and using the drug more often than prescribed. Other symptoms of opioid addiction include the following:
- Changes in mental health and behavior, such as mood swings, depression, and anxiety
- Continuing to use the drug despite negative consequences, such as job loss or relationship problems
- Struggling to meet responsibilities at work, school, or home
- Taking risks to get the drug, such as stealing or buying it from dealers
- Withdrawal symptoms when not taking the drug
If you or someone you know exhibits these signs, it’s essential to seek help immediately. You don’t want your case of opioid addiction to be part of a U.S. opioid epidemic statistic.
Negative Health Consequences
While all cases of opioid addiction result in overdose and death, this type of addiction can also lead to other health problems—such as liver disease and HIV/AIDS. The latter is mainly due to sharing needles using intravenous (IV) drugs. This type of drug use is particularly dangerous because it increases the risk of contracting blood-borne diseases. It also increases the risk of overdose, as injecting drugs directly into the bloodstream bypasses the body’s natural defenses. This means a person can overdose on opioids very quickly when using IV drugs.
Find Fentanyl Addiction Treatment in Texas at The Right Step Houston
The Right Step Houston offers treatment for opioid addiction in Texas, whether the involved substance is rainbow fentanyl or another opioid. We offer various treatment options, including detoxification, medication-assisted treatment (MAT), individual therapy, group therapy, and 12-step programs. We also provide aftercare planning to help patients stay on track after they leave addiction treatment. If you or someone you know needs help with opioid addiction, please contact The Right Step Houston today at 1.844.768.0169 to learn more about our fentanyl rehab program.