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Experimenting with fentanyl like playing with fire

Bob Howell (Source: KCBD Video) Bob Howell (Source: KCBD Video)
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

For years we've heard about cocaine and heroin addiction. Now, the drug fentanyl is becoming a familiar name because of recent drug busts.

Bob Howell is an addiction therapist who says more and more today, he is seeing patients in Lubbock who have overdosed on fentanyl.

He says people need to know that experimenting with fentanyl is like playing with fire.

"It's highly deadly because of its potency, 50 times stronger than heroin, 80 to 100 times stronger than morphine. So, there's not much room between a good high for folks and death."

Bob says a number of states use fentanyl, combined with morphine, for the purpose of lethal injection because, he says, "It can kill very quickly."

Fentanyl is actually an old drug with a new problem.

It was originally used in the '60s for anesthesia. Even today, it is considered valuable in many medical uses from end-stage cancer to acute chronic pain. But, of course, it is tightly controlled.

But, Bob says in the last few years, many people have begun to abuse it, not understanding how dangerous it is.

So now, as families get together for the holidays, Bob says the best way to help prevent this kind of drug abuse is to use the power of education. He suggests families start off conversation about fentanyl so that everyone understands the risks are so high, that the first try can be deadly.

Bob Howell is a drug addiction therapist and clinical hypnotherapist at the Ranch at Dove Tree.

The number at that facility has recently changed to (888) 980-6584. Bob also has a private practice. His number at that office is (806) 535-0991.

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