Because fentanyl is administered in a hospital setting, people with easier access to the drug may be more likely to develop an addiction to fentanyl. Others may start taking the drug as prescribed, but become dependent on it over time.
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one suffered an unintentional overdose from fentanyl, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and our lawyers can help.
Update: Ohio Doctor Linked to 28 Fentanyl Overdoses
January 29, 2019 – Dr. William Husel, a critical care medicine specialist and anesthesiologist at Mount Carmel Hospital System in Columbus, Ohio, is being investigated for his role in at least 28 “significantly excessive and potentially fatal” overdoses on fentanyl, a painkiller 50-100 times stronger than morphine. Husel’s medical license was suspended on Friday by the State Medical Board of Ohio, which said the allegations against him were so serious that he was not even allowed a legal hearing before the board’s vote, and can no longer practice medicine in the state.
What’s the Problem?
Fentanyl is often procured for “recreational” purposes due to its powerful pain-relieving and relaxing effects. The drug is sometimes mixed with heroin or cocaine to totally blow its effects out of this world. Combining these drugs is extremely dangerous and can result in overdose and/or death, which you definitely want to avoid.
Symptoms of Fentanyl Addiction
- Mood may appear elevated or depressed
- The drug is taken in larger amounts or over a larger period of time than intended
- The person has the desire to cut down or has unsuccessfully tried to cut down on the amount used
- The person spends a great deal of time obtaining, using or recovering from the drug
- The person continues to use the drug despite being aware it is causing them problems socially, academically or occupationally
- Use leads to the inability to fulfill major life responsibilities
- The person gives up activities that were once important in their life
- The person uses the drug when in dangerous conditions
- The person continues to use the drug despite being aware it is leading to or worsening physical or psychological problems
- Diminished effects while taking the same dose
- Need for more of the substance to obtain the desired effect
- Withdrawal – the person either experiences negative symptoms when attempting to stop the medication or takes it to avoid negative withdrawal symptoms
- Hand and feet becoming swollen
- Stomach ailments such as constipation, vomiting or nausea
- Unconsciousness, Coma, Death
- Depressed respiration
- Increased heart rate
- Trouble concentrating
A fentanyl addict who is removed from the drug will show display some or all of these symptoms, according to the American Addiction Centers:
- A rapid heartbeat
- Pounding in the ears
- Chest tightness
- Mood changes
- Poor balance or coordination
- Abnormal thoughts
- Opening a fentanyl patch to eat its gel beads
- Buying fentanyl illegally from people who may have a lawful prescription
- Showing fear at the prospect of not having access to fentanyl
Fentanyl addiction can occur at any age in anybody, regardless of sex, ethnicity or other arbitrary criteria. Addiction is addiction. Despite its high potential for addiction and abuse, Fentanyl still has critical medical applications. As illegal production of the drug is increasing, so too is its availability in illegal markets.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 2 million people in the U.S. are addicted to opiates like Fentanyl. From 2005-2007, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated that over 1,000 people had died from Fentanyl overdose. Yet in spite of this, millions of prescriptions continue to be written for the drug each year.
Do I Have a Fentanyl Overdose Lawsuit?
The Pharmaceutical Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in fentanyl patch lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new overdose cases in all 50 states.
Free Case Evaluation: Again, if you experienced a fentanyl overdose, or a loved one died from fentanyl, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and we can help.