Most People Who Use Illicit Opioids Fear Fentanyl, But Say It’s Difficult to Avoid


A study of people who use illicit opioids or misuse prescription opioids found 80 percent said they fear and dislike fentanyl, but it is difficult to avoid, HealthDay reports.

“I never found the idea that fentanyl was some sort of honeypot that people were scrambling to get hold of very compelling,” said study author Jennifer Carroll of Brown University’s Warren Alpert Medical School in Providence, R.I. “I hope we can begin chipping away at the narrative that the opioid crisis is driven by people chasing some sort of ultimate high. That’s an idea that has never matched reality.”

The study appears in the International Journal of Drug Policy.

A second study in the journal found the number of fentanyl-involved overdose deaths in Rhode Island rose to 138 in the first nine months of 2016, compared to 84 in all of 2014. Fentanyl was involved in 56 percent of the state’s drug deaths by 2016, compared to 35 percent in 2014.

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