Since 2011, cocaine use has increased by 47 percent and now the stimulant is often laced with the opioid fentanyl, which is creating a new drug crisis. The Doctors warn that just a small amount of fentanyl (smaller than the size of a penny), which is used to treat extreme pain, can often turn deadly.
ER physician Dr. Travis Stork shares that he has been amazed by the number of people who actively use cocaine and many of them consider it to be a "safe" drug. In addition to its own inherent risks, now that fentanyl is being added to the stimulant, people are taking it and encountering unexpected side effects and repercussions, like respiratory failure.
The panel also warns the opioid is colorless, odorless, and tasteless and can be impossible to detect until it is too late.
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