Do all doctors test for fentanyl?

When an addiction treatment doctor orders urine drug tests, there are various choices. The basic drug test will test for heroin, morphine, methadone, marijuana, cocaine and usually a few other drugs. For doctors who prescribe Suboxone, it is important to specially request drug test kits that include buprenorphine. Surprisingly, most drug test panels do not include fentanyl. In light of the current opioid crisis and rampant fentanyl abuse, this may change in the future. For the time being, doctors who treat opioid addiction may want to order a separate fentanyl test. Continue reading “Specialized Testing Can Prevent Fentanyl Overdose”

How To Save A Life

I was watching a CPR video this morning. The American Heart Association produced this short and simple YouTube video. While it demonstrated the basics of saving a non-responsive person, my thoughts immediately went to using Narcan as a part of CPR. Continue reading “Using Narcan To Save Lives From Opioid Overdose”

Harm Reduction Saves Lives

In other parts of the country and the world, safe injection sites are saving the lives of heroin users. An important part of this harm reduction system is the testing of heroin for fentanyl. The purpose of testing heroin is to ensure that the drug user has real heroin and not deadly, potent fentanyl. Continue reading “Testing Heroin For Fentanyl”