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Fentanyl can have life-threatening effects on the body. When it enters the body, it attaches to the opioid receptors in the brain. These control vital functions to live such as breathing, and heart rate and these functions are slowed down with this drug. Because of the high potency of this drug, overdosing can be easy and this can be a dangerous situation. However, treatment for Fentanyl addiction is available. This page is to give information for those in Arizona who struggle with this.
The Extent of Fentanyl Addiction in Arizona
Oftentimes, people unknowingly buy Fentanyl through illegal means that is mixed with heroin or cocaine. This increases the euphoric effects it has. Because of this, overdose deaths involving synthetic (man-made) Fentanyl have been increasing.
The cities of Arizona fight this problem everyday. Some of the larger cities have more options for treatment available for Fentanyl addiction.
The Arizona Department of Public Safety pulled a vehicle over for a routine traffic violation. During this stop, the officer discovered that the driver, Luis A. Sonoqui from Phoenix, had a massive amount of drugs in his vehicle. The drugs found were:
- 50,000 Fentanyl pills worth around $500,000 on the street.
- 35 pounds of cocaine worth around $578,000 on the street.
- 464 pounds of methamphetamine worth around $1.5 million on the street.
If they had not caught this man, these drugs had a potential value of $2.5 million if sold for street value.
The police booked Sonoqui into the Maricopa County Jail and charged him with several charges, including:
- Possession of dangerous drugs/for sale
- Possession of narcotics/for sale
- Illegally conducting an enterprise
The Arizona Department of Public Safety said it was their largest single meth seizure in history.
There are 34 facilities in Tucson that have programs to treat Fentanyl addiction. They can choose between an inpatient or outpatient program.
Sometimes, people use a drug like Fentanyl to bring harm to someone else. This was the case for 42-year old Dallas Anthony Michaels from Mesa. An unnamed woman told the police that Michaels talked to her about killing his wife. He was in a long-term affair and discussed it with this woman several times in a six-month period. His plan was to have this woman help him by purchasing Fentanyl pills. He would then put them in his wife’s drink, poisoning her. He told the woman he wanted to collect on his wife’s life insurance policy. The police obtained texts between Michaels and the woman showing his plan to do it during a trip to California. Then they listened as he set up the Fentanyl sale with her.
Although Michaels admitted that he spoke to this woman about killing his wife, he said he really wanted to kill himself and that both of them had life insurance. He was charged with conspiracy to commit murderand solicitation to possess narcotics.
There are 25 choices for Fentanyl addiction treatment programs in Mesa. Some of these programs can be inpatient or outpatient and some of them may offer detox, too.
Michael Babich, a former CEO at Insys Therapeutics of Chandler, is serving a 30 month prison sentence for his role in the opioid bribery suit brought against the company. Babich agreed to testify against the other four executives who were charged in this case, including the company’s founder and Chairman John Kapoor. Kapoor, a former CEO and majority shareholder, used to be a multi-billionaire and was one of the richest people in Arizona.
These five executives faced federal charges for participating in a nationwide scheme. They were accused of bribing doctors and medical practitioners to prescribe a medicine that their company made known as Subsys. It is a medication that is Fentanyl-based for cancer-pain relief. Part of the scheme was also defrauding insurance companies who paid for the medicine. When doctors or practitioners prescribed the medicine, they would receive bribes and kickbacks. This resulted in large numbers of unnecessary prescriptions being written for patients who, in large part, did not have cancer.
There are 10 treatment facilities in Chandler for Fentanyl addiction. There are some inpatient and some outpatient programs.
Sadly, Fentanyl affects even the youngest, most vulnerable members of society. In Glendale, police were dispatched to a home with an unresponsive child. When they arrived, CPR was being performed on a 4-year old girl. They rushed her to Banner Thunderbird Medical Center but it was too late. She was pronounced dead. She died because of exposure to Fentanyl that was present at the apartment in which she lived.
According to the girl’s uncle, Michael Cisco, her mother is his sister. She was at work and her boyfriend and boyfriend’s brother were in charge of the kids. The brother of the boyfriend is a Fentanyl dealer. The dealer had a customer come to the house who tried to take the drugs and run, dropping some on the carpet as he left. The little girl grabbed the pills. This kind of story is very hard on everyone: the family, the friends, the neighbors and the community.
There are 21 treatment options for Fentanyl addiction in Glendale. There are some inpatient facilities, some outpatient programs and some of them offer detox.
A man in Scottsdale broke into the home of his former classmate. Steven Wayne Ginger, 33, told his friend he would go to church with him. He did not go, instead opting to break into the friend’s house while he knew his friend would still be at church. Ginger broke in through a bathroom window and was spotted by a neighbor.
Ginger stole over $32,000 worth of property from the home. This included cash, jewelry and a gun. He was not immediately caught, but was arrested on unrelated burglary charges. During this arrest, he was found with some of the stolen items. He admitted to the break-in and told police about his Fentanyl addiction saying he smokes 15 pills a day.
Scottsdale had nine rehab centers that are equipped to treat Fentanyl addiction. The addict can choose inpatient or outpatient and can go through detox.
The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office performed a month long investigation in the San Tan Valley area. Upon completion, they arrested 42-year old Vladimir Acuna for selling Fentanyl. When the arrest was made, police found that Jesse Mota, who was with Acuna had individually packaged bags of marijuana ready to be sold. Acuna had $5,000 with him. Acuna sold Fentanyl pills to clients in the parking lots of local businesses. Both he and Mota were faced charges.
There are 23 drug rehab treatment facilities in Gilbert that can treat Fentanyl addiction. Many of these can take a person through detox and then offer either inpatient or outpatient programs.
Police in Tempe arrested 20-year old Savannah Hernandez during a traffic stop in which the driver of the car she was in allowed them to search her car. Both she and the driver said there were no illegal substances in the car, but that was not true. Police found 976 Fentanyl pills and a handgun in the car. Upon discovery, Hernandez admitted that they were hers. She is charged with possession of dangerous drugs, drug paraphernalia and misconduct involving weapons.
There are 16 facilities that offer rehab for Fentanyl addiction in Tempe. Most of them are inpatient with detox. Some of them offer outpatient, as well.
Fentanyl Addiction Treatment Options in Arizona
When treating pain in cancer or surgery patients, its intended purpose, Fentanyl can be a very helpful medicine. However, Fentanyl leads to more opioid overdose deaths in America than any other opioid drug. It has taken on several street names, some of those being Apache, China Girl, Goodfellas, Murder 8 and Tango & Cash. It gets synthetically manufactured and then gets put into other drugs such as heroin, cocaine, and meth. There are several options for rehab in Arizona for a person with an addiction to Fentanyl.
A Fentanyl detox may be the first step to recovery. What this does is remove the drugs and harmful toxins from the body. The body is used to having the drugs in it and actually could even start to function better with them so the goal is to be able to live without the drugs. During this process, most people will experience withdrawal symptoms. For Fentanyl, these symptoms could include sweating, exhaustion, anxiety, depression and cravings. Detox prepares the person for the next step, which will be therapy.
Fentanyl can be a highly addictive opioid drug. Because it is a pain reliever, some might find it best to choose an inpatient rehab program to recover from their addiction. These involve checking into a full-care facility for a period of time, typically for 28 days. There is a full staff and the person will live with other people. They will receive more intensive care and can usually expect detox as part of this. Therapy is introduced in inpatient rehab and could include individual, group or family therapy sessions.
Outpatient treatment is usually best for people who have gone through treatment before. It is less intensive and the person does not have to check in to a facility to stay. They have a schedule of meetings they need to attend for their program. This is not recommended for people who are new to rehab, have multiple addictions or who have untreated co-occurring disorders. Outpatient rehab can be a form of follow-up care to a more involved program.
Intensive outpatient programs are similar to outpatient rehab but it is more involved as there are usually more therapy meetings that can last longer. This has a lot of benefits for someone who wants to recover. They can still work or go to school, they are around their home support system, this has a more affordable cost and they have the comfort of their own home. This can work well after inpatient rehab or after detox.
Partial hospitalization programs or PHPs are a type of outpatient program. The addicted person goes for a full day of meetings rather than just one meeting. This can transition them to outpatient from an inpatient rehab.
Some people finish their program but are not yet ready to live in their previous home situation. For them, there are sober living homes. This is a residential house where they will live with peers. While there, they will attend an outpatient program.
Another peer support group is SMART Recovery. They do not use a 12- step approach, but rely on science to help addicts recover.
Help Is Available Today For Fentanyl Rehab in Arizona
SpringBoard Recovery we have seen the devastating effects Fentanyl can have on a person and on those they love. But, we have also seen people recover from this addiction. Our Arizona facility provides treatment for Fentanyl addiction and we want to help anyone who needs help with this.
If you have any questions about Fentanyl rehab in Arizona and would like more information about our recovery program, please contact us today for assistance.