Gov. Reynolds and officers warn Iowans of harmful Fentanyl and faux tablets

Gov. Reynolds and officers warn Iowans of harmful Fentanyl and faux tablets

“The fentanyl secretly added to faux tablets and different medicine for revenue shouldn’t be a authorized pharmaceutical grade remedy for extreme ache, however quite illicit fentanyl usually produced exterior the U.S. that may be as much as 100 occasions stronger than morphine,” mentioned Susie Sher of the Governor’s Workplace of Drug Management Coverage. 

Mother and father and grandparents are urged to speak to their youngsters and grandchildren about this matter overtly and sometimes to debate the harmful and probably deadly penalties of experimenting with medicine. 

“Drug traffickers predominately from Mexico are utilizing makeshift capsule mills to show fentanyl powder into tablets which have the colour and markings of widespread prescribed drugs,” mentioned DPS Commissioner Stephan Bayens. “If our seasoned narcotics brokers and drug chemists can not instantly inform the distinction, the general public actually couldn’t. So, it’s vital that Iowans acquire a better understanding and appreciation for the pervasiveness and risks of fentanyl, and the way all of us can play a component in stopping this epidemic.”  

The CDC says Iowa has one of many nation’s lowest charges of drug overdose deaths (forty sixth in 2021). Nonetheless, over the past two years the Iowa Division of Public Well being experiences a 34% enhance in drug overdose deaths (470 in 2021 vs. 350 in 2019), due largely to opioids, with fentanyl implicated in 83% of the statewide opioid deaths final yr. Amongst younger Iowans underneath 25 years of age, drug overdose deaths elevated 120% over the past two years (44 in 2021 vs. 20 in 2019). 

“A majority of the fentanyl associated deaths that we see are decided to be unintended—that means the individual didn’t imply to hurt themselves or trigger their very own loss of life,” mentioned State Medical Examiner Dr. Dennis Klein. “Fentanyl, like different opioids, depresses the respiratory drive and deprives the mind and the physique of oxygen that then results in loss of life.” 

Opioid overdoses can show deadly in a matter of seconds, nevertheless, if administered instantly, naloxone can quickly reverse an overdose.  In 2016, Governor Reynolds signed a regulation permitting pharmacists to dispense naloxone with no prescription to Iowans. Iowans may also request naloxone by the College of Iowa’s Tele-Naloxone program by clicking right here. Iowa companies, eating places, bars, group organizations, and many others., may also request free naloxone to have obtainable.  

Anybody that encounters a counterfeit capsule is inspired to name the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement fully nameless tip hotline at (800) 532-0052 or [email protected]  and within the case of an emergency, name 911. For twenty-four-hour confidential help and for extra data on fentanyl and counterfeit tablets, or for sources on opioid or different substance use issues click on right here. 

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