Fentanyl: Personal and social consequences

Last modified: Sunday, 31. May 2009 - 3:34 pm

Teenagers and young adults are often introduced to designer drugs through peer pressure and their social environment. They often segregate themselves from non-users and surround themselves with those who view their choice as acceptable. This limits their exposure to those who scorn their lifestyle. However, society in general views designer drugs and their users negatively, so someone who abuses can face difficulty finding a job or keeping non-abusing friends.
As discussed earlier, anesthesiologists who abuse fentanyl often have difficulty keeping the job for which they have trained and studied for years to obtain. Even those who undergo treatment can have a hard time finding a new position in a different field because they will have to be retrained. Other white-collar workers in the middle to upper-middle class who abuse fentanyl can also lose their jobs, families, and friends when their addiction comes to light.
People who use fentanyl for chronic pain often try to hide their use. They often believe that others will think less of them for needing something to help them deal with their pain. Since fentanyl is only prescribed to those who are in extreme pain and need to block the receptors in their brain that signals pain, patients should not be viewed as drug “users” who are trying to get high. This constitutes the difference between medicinal and recreational uses of fentanyl.

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