US fentanyl crisis – level 2

22-03-2024 15:00

The fentanyl crisis in the US is serious. There were over 100,000 deaths reported last year, mostly due to opioids like fentanyl. They are much stronger than heroin.

Brian comes from San Francisco and he was addicted to fentanyl. He was homeless for three years. He needed drugs so badly that he stole things to have money for them. He saw many people die from overdoses.

Brian’s health got worse and his legs got infected. He was lucky to survive and stopped taking drugs almost one year ago. His story tells us about the troubles of addicted people and about how dangerous opioids can be.

Difficult words: opioid (a type of drug which reduces pain), addicted (when a person is not able to stop taking drugs or doing something), overdose (taking too much of a drug).

You can watch the original video in the Level 3 section.

What experience did Brian go through as a result of his addiction to fentanyl and how does it shed light on the dangers of opioids?


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