The 5 Most Dangerous Drugs in 2022
05 August, 2022
Not only can illicit drugs be harmful, but they can also be potentially fatal.
It is important to understand the different drugs out there as well as their side effects and the best forms of treatment for overcoming an addiction to various drugs. Every drug affects individuals differently, so keep in mind that the recovery process looks different for everyone based on their own unique set of needs.
We created a list of the top five most dangerous drugs to watch out for in 2022. These substances include:
Fentanyl is the current most dangerous drug in the United States. This is the case for several reasons. The National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) says fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is about 50 times stronger than heroin and 100 times stronger than morphine. Fentanyl is one of the largest culprits behind drug overdoses in the U.S.
There are two different types of fentanyl, pharmaceutical and illicit. The pharmaceutical version is prescribed by doctors and used for patients in severe pain from surgery or injuries. Illicitly manufactured fentanyl is the form usually linked to overdoses. Black market drug creators often lace other street drugs with fentanyl because it makes the drug cheaper and more addictive. Fentanyl can come in pills, powders, and even liquid forms.
Unfortunately, in most cases, people don't know when other drugs are laced with fentanyl, which makes illicit drug use extremely dangerous.
Sudden and extreme happiness
Feelings of drowsiness
Digestive issues such as constipation
How Is Fentanyl Addiction Treated?
Fentanyl addiction is treated similarly to other opioids through different behavioral therapies and medications to help manage the addiction and withdrawal symptoms. Motivational interviewing is said to help a client obtain tools that help them maintain sobriety after fentanyl use.
One way to ensure individuals stay on top of their medications or therapy is by improving their overall life skills while in treatment.
Oxycodone is used in medical settings to treat moderate to severe pain. However, if taken outside of the prescribed guidelines, it can easily become a habit. People are at an even higher risk if someone in their family has a substance use disorder (SUD). It is also important for individuals to disclose to their doctor if they have ever struggled with depression or any other mental health disorder, as this can put them at a higher risk of becoming addicted.
Kidney and liver failure
How Is Oxycodone Addiction Treated?
Medication-assisted therapy (MAT), is the best place to start treatment for addiction to oxycodone. This is beneficial because clients get help from a detox professional who administers different medications to combat the withdrawal symptoms.
After withdrawal individuals should attend addiction treatment that includes different therapies, educational treatment for post-recovery stages, and skill building to ensure life-long recovery.
NIDA states that heroin is an opioid similar to morphine and created from the poppy plant's seed. Heroin comes in a few different forms, such as white powder, brown powder, or a substance that looks similar to black tar. Heroin is usually either injected, snorted, sniffed, or smoked.
A heavy feeling in the arms or legs
Repeatedly losing consciousness
Flushing of the skin
Constipation and stomach cramps
Issues with the lungs such as pneumonia
Irregular menstrual cycles in women
Infection of the heart
Liver and kidney disease
Sexual dysfunction in men
How Is Heroin Addiction Treated?
There are a few different treatments to overcome an addiction to heroin. For example, several different medications help the withdrawal process, such as buprenorphine and methadone. There is also naltrexone, which blocks the brain from the effects of opioids. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is also a helpful option, which works to change the drug use expectations of the client and manage stress and triggers.
Cocaine is a highly addictive drug made from the leaves of the coca plant. It can be used by medical professionals for certain forms of anesthesia. However, recreational use is illegal. According to NIDA, cocaine can be used in a few different ways, such as snorting, rubbing into the gums, or dissolving the powder form so that it can be injected into the bloodstream.
Sudden and extreme happiness
Sensitivity to light, sound, and touch
Constricted blood vessels
Raised body temperature
How Is Cocaine Addiction Treated?
Unfortunately, there are no FDA-approved medications to help treat an addiction to cocaine, though there are different behavioral therapies available. For example, group therapy, motivational interviewing, and CBT can all be beneficial for a successful recovery process.
Methamphetamine, also known as meth, is a highly addictive substance that mainly affects the central nervous system. Meth is commonly snorted, smoked, or swallowed after dissolving the substance into water or alcohol.
Increased physical activity and energy
Increased body temperature
How Is Methamphetamine Addiction Treated?
Like cocaine addiction treatment, there are currently not any FDA-approved medications that can help treat meth addiction. There are, however, certain behavioral therapy techniques that have been shown to work such as motivational interviewing and CBT.
Drug Addiction is a Fatal Disease. Don’t Risk Overdose; Contact The Edge Treatment Center Today!
At The Edge Treatment Center, we provide many different treatment options for addictions to opioids like heroin and fentanyl. We also provide treatments for meth and cocaine abuse through medication-assisted therapy (MAT), behavioral therapies, and other evidence-based treatments.
Choosing to attend drug & alcohol addiction treatment can feel extremely isolating and nerve-wracking but remember that you are not alone. The journey of recovery is without a doubt difficult, especially withdrawal, but our clinical staff is here as a guide for you through this tough phase.
If you or a loved one struggles with SUD, reach out to The Edge Treatment Center today!