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4 Dangers of Fentanyl and How to Recognize an Overdose

4 Dangers of Fentanyl and How to Recognize an Overdose - Bio-One of Oceanside.

As Fentanyl overdose-related deaths keep rising in San Diego County, a health order with immediate effect was signed on May 21, 2021, to help save the lives of people who might be at risk of a Fentanyl overdose. The order will allow the general public to have access to Naloxone (commercially available as Narcan® Nasal Spray), a medicine that quickly reverses the effects of an overdose and can potentially save the life of someone.

In the forthcoming months, Naloxone nasal sprays will be available for free at clinics and community health centers, although exact locations are yet to be announced.

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid described by health professionals as “up to 100 times more powerful than morphine”. The Food and Drug Administration approves it as an analgesic and anesthetic. Fentanyl is usually prescribed to patients with severe, chronic pain. 

Emergency responders are now being more exposed to fentanyl and its dangerous effects, as overdose-related deaths have continuously increased since 2017. Furthermore, CDC suggests that the death increase might be related to the effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic.  Bio-One of Oceanside shares 4 dangers of fentanyl and how to recognize an overdose. As the last responders, Bio-One of Oceanside is trained to clean and decontaminate areas from fentanyl residue, whether it’s airborne or spread through surfaces.

Fentanyl is up to 100 times more powerful than morphine

Fentanyl is a very strong opioid, and it can be prescribed and administered in multiple dosage forms: oral, sublingual tablets and sprays, nasal sprays, transdermal patches, and injectable formulations. Commercial names include Actiq® (oral), Duragesic® (transdermal patches), and Sublimaze® (sublingual spray).

Because of its strong effects, there’s a small difference between receiving a therapeutic dose to overdosing. It must be administered under strict medical control.

If you or someone you know is struggling with Fentanyl addiction and is at risk of overdosing, don’t hesitate to contact your local Emergency responders. They can intervene in the early stages of people at higher risk of overdose. Bio-One of Oceanside can help you dispose of the dangers of fentanyl and other biohazardous residues to keep your house and your loved ones safe.

Fentanyl can lead to dependence and addiction 

Due to its powerful effects on the brain, continuous use of Fentanyl (even prescribed by doctors) can lead to dependence, sometimes leading to addiction. Fentanyl effects usually include:

  • Pain relief
  • Extreme happiness
  • Euphoria
  • Nausea
  • Constipation
  • Respiratory problems
  • Sedation
  • Unconsciousness

Furthermore, if a person develops an addiction to Fentanyl, they’ll enter a strong, severe case of SUD (Substance Use Disorder). If the person stops taking Fentanyl, they can experience withdrawal effects, which could be fatal in some cases.

Fentanyl withdrawal symptoms

The most disturbing fact about Fentanyl, and drugs in general, is that people will struggle to stop taking them because of the intense effects of withdrawal. This creates an extremely dangerous environment for the person struggling with Fentanyl dependence/addiction and those around them.

  • Muscle and bone pain
  • Diarrhea and vomiting
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Severe cravings

Bio-One of Oceanside's specialists are professionally trained to tackle the dangers of fentanyl. We can provide remediation to houses, commercial properties, vehicles, and ambulance/emergency vehicles.

Illegal fentanyl is often mixed with other drugs

Illegal Fentanyl is usually made in labs and mixed with other drugs. Synthetic fentanyl can be illegally sold as a powder solution, put into eye droppers and nasal sprays, prepared for blotter paper, and it’s even made into pills that could be mistaken for prescription opioids.

Drug dealers mix fentanyl with other drugs because the effects of Fentanyl are more potent than most drugs, so if it’s mixed with heroin, cocaine, or methamphetamines, the effects of fentanyl will be greater and cheaper. This factor elevates the risk of addiction and fentanyl overdose. The effects of an overdose are more difficult to treat in these cases, as you don’t know with certainty which drugs the person overdosed from.

Exposure to fentanyl mixed with other drugs puts the lives of First Responders at risk 

Emergency responders are exposed to the dangers of fentanyl and other illicit substances during their job. As we previously stated, illegal fentanyl is usually mixed with cocaine, methamphetamines, and other opioids to elevate their effect. 

Bio-One of Oceanside recommends always using the proper PPE and other protective gear like nitrile gloves, respiratory protection, and avoiding touching eyes, nose, or mouth during a potential drug-related scenario. 

Carrying Naloxone nasal sprays is a MUST, as it’s a potential lifesaver in case someone overdoses. 

How to recognize an Overdose and What you can do 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, recognizing an opioid overdose can be difficult. You must call 911 in case of an overdose emergency. Signs of an overdose include:

  • Loss of consciousness
  • The person shows signs of struggling to breathe
  • Constricted pupils
  • Limp body
  • Irregular pulse
  • Skin color changes, normally to pale or blue

Carrying Naloxone can potentially save the life of someone overdosing. Fentanyl overdoses must be treated immediately. A person can die from it within minutes. Do not leave the person alone while you wait for emergency responders and medical experts to arrive. Naloxone doses can block the most severe effect of an overdose: difficulty breathing.

How Bio-One can help you face the dangers of fentanyl

With the new order in effect, you will find Naloxone nasal sprays for free at clinics and community health centers. Specific places will be determined soon. Learn more about Narcan® Nasal Spray (Commercial brand for Naloxone) and how to get it from your Insurance Company or Pharmacist here.

If you know someone struggling with fentanyl addiction and at risk of overdose, Bio-One of Oceanside can help you. We work closely with first responders, Local Law Enforcement, and Public Service Agencies to provide you with immediate assistance in case of an emergency. 

Bio-One of Oceanside wears the proper PPE to disinfect areas from fentanyl residue.
Bio-One of Oceanside wears the proper PPE to disinfect areas from fentanyl residue.

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Bio-One of Oceanside is the  #1 Disinfection, Sanitation, and Decontamination Company in North San Diego County, providing professional, industry standards services in all kinds of extreme scenarios:

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  • Crime scene cleanup services
  • Trauma scene cleaning services
  • Blood and biohazard cleaning services
  • Undiscovered or unattended death cleaning services
  • Homicide/Suicide cleaning services
  • Feces and bodily fluids cleaning services
  • Mold remediation services
  • Water damage restoration services
  • Emergency vehicle decontamination services
  • Fentanyl cleanup services
  • Medical waste disposal services
  • Tear gas cleaning services
  • Sewage backup cleaning services

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  • Hoarding cleanup
  • Animal hoarding cleanup
  • Gross filth cleanup
  • Deep clean
  • Junk removal
  • Homeless encampment clean-out
  • Hazardous waste disposal
  • Nicotine stain/odor removal
  • Odor removal

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Bio-One of Oceanside springs into action to assist survivors when a traumatic event occurs. We work with local law enforcement, emergency responders, victim advocacy organizations, hoarding task forces, apartment communities, and insurance companies to ensure that you receive the greatest service feasible.

We have been an independently owned and operated business since August 2020 to help our community through difficult and unexpected situations. Our certified technicians are caring, compassionate, and discreet, and we are ready to help you in your most significant time of need.

We are proudly serving North San Diego and surrounding communities! 

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We also serve the Southern Orange County cities: San Clemente, Dana Point, Rancho Mission Viejo, Laguna Niguel, Ladera Ranch, San Juan Capistrano, Aliso Viejo, Laguna Woods, Laguna Beach, Lake Forest, Rancho Santa Margarita, Irvine, and Costa Mesa.

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How can you help someone having a Fentanyl overdose? Bio-One of Oceanside.

The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that there had been 131 fentanyl-related deaths in San Diego County this year alone. By the end of 2021, local authorities are projecting around 700 fentanyl-related deaths. Bio-One of Oceanside is sharing the dangers of fentanyl with the hope of informing the community about the increasing threat of this drug and how you can immediately help someone if they have a fentanyl overdose.

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid used to treat severe pain in patients who had recent surgery or suffer from advanced stages of cancer. Due to its nature and relation with cancer and other chronic diseases, Fentanyl can be found legally as a prescription medication (commercial names include Actiq®, Duragesic®, and Sublimaze®). 

Fentanyl abuse has increased in the past years for its similar effects to heroin. Illegally, Fentanyl is mixed and distributed with other drugs like heroin and cocaine to increase the “euphoric” effect.

Fentanyl mixed with other drugs: A silent risk of overdose

Doctors can prescribe pharmaceutical Fentanyl as shots, skin patches, or throat lozenges. Depending on the patient’s response within the first 72 hours of treatment, doctors will increase or decrease the dosage.

Now, illegal fentanyl is typically sold as a powder, but it can be found as nasal sprays, made into pills to look like other prescription medication, and sold as another drug.

Drug dealers mix fentanyl with other opioids like heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamine. Since it takes very little to obtain effects from fentanyl, it represents a cheap option to create a higher drug volume. People might use illegal fentanyl mixed with other drugs without their knowledge, and the consequences could be fatal.

Bio-One of Oceanside follows strict protocols to remediate and sanitize areas from fentanyl properly, whether it’s from needles and other biohazardous waste or contaminated surfaces from a fentanyl overdose case.

Naloxone in case of a Fentanyl Overdose emergency 

Public and community-based organizations are raising awareness of the importance of having Naloxone as a first-hand medication to treat opioid overdose. 

Naloxone is a medication used to reverse the effects of opioid overdose rapidly. It’s effective in quickly restoring the breathing of a person who might be in a state of overdose.  While it’s not meant to treat opioid use disorder, Naloxone can be a life-saving medication for someone who is at a high risk of opioid overdose. Commercial names include Narcan, Evzio, or Kloxxado.

Professionals should carry out naloxone injections. Naxolone Prepackaged Nasal Spray is the most suitable option for non-professionals who might need to use Naloxone in case of an emergency. 

Regardless of which delivery method you have to use in case of an opioid overdose,  you should always receive proper training on how and when is the correct moment to use Naloxone. 

Fentanyl Overdose - How Bio-One can help

In the face of a Fentanyl overdose, emergency responders' assistance can save the life of the person suffering from it. Fentanyl has multiple routes of exposure: inhalation, oral exposure or ingestion, or skin contact. You must call 911 immediately, as they have the necessary training and PPE equipment to assist a person who might be on fentanyl overdose.

Our Team of Specialists at Bio-One of Oceanside specializes in cleaning and disinfecting any environments contaminated by fentanyl, whether it’s from airborne conditions or surfaces in the presence of it.  We will assist you with utmost care and compassion, ensuring that the area returns to its original, pre-incident state. Following strict guidelines and protocols, Bio-One of Oceanside technicians guarantee a complete sanitizing solution for fentanyl-associated biohazards.

Bio-One of Oceanside can restore your home or business from all the dangers associated with exposure to fentanyl.

Independently Owned & Operated!

Bio-One of Oceanside is the  #1 Disinfection, Sanitation, and Decontamination Company in North San Diego County, providing professional, industry standards services in all kinds of extreme scenarios:

Recovery Services

  • Crime scene cleanup services
  • Trauma scene cleaning services
  • Blood and biohazard cleaning services
  • Undiscovered or unattended death cleaning services
  • Homicide/Suicide cleaning services
  • Feces and bodily fluids cleaning services
  • Mold remediation services
  • Water damage restoration services
  • Emergency vehicle decontamination services
  • Fentanyl cleanup services
  • Medical waste disposal services
  • Tear gas cleaning services
  • Sewage backup cleaning services

Hoarding cleanup services

  • Hoarding cleanup
  • Animal hoarding cleanup
  • Gross filth cleanup
  • Deep clean
  • Junk removal
  • Homeless encampment clean-out
  • Hazardous waste disposal
  • Nicotine stain/odor removal
  • Odor removal

HELP FIRST, BUSINESS SECOND!

Bio-One of Oceanside springs into action to assist survivors when a traumatic event occurs. We work with local law enforcement, emergency responders, victim advocacy organizations, hoarding task forces, apartment communities, and insurance companies to ensure that you receive the greatest service feasible.

We are proudly serving North San Diego and surrounding communities! 

Bio-One is a proud member of the Southern California Rental Housing Association and Carlsbad, Oceanside, and Vista Chambers of Commerce. Bio-One serves all of San Diego County and neighboring regions, including Oceanside, Carlsbad, Vista, Fallbrook, Escondido, San Marcos, and Bonsall.

We also serve the Southern Orange County cities: San Clemente, Dana Point, Rancho Mission Viejo, Laguna Niguel, Ladera Ranch, San Juan Capistrano, Aliso Viejo, Laguna Woods, Laguna Beach, Lake Forest, Rancho Santa Margarita, Irvine, and Costa Mesa.

Our services are available 24/7, 365 days a year. Give us a call at 760-429-0729.

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