US fentanyl crisis – level 3

22-03-2024 15:00

Despite efforts to curb it, the fentanyl crisis in the US persists, claiming over 100,000 lives annually, mainly due to synthetic opioids like fentanyl, which can be 50 times more potent than heroin.

Brian, a former addict, shared his harrowing experience of addiction while living on the streets of San Francisco for three years. His life revolved around acquiring drugs to avoid withdrawal symptoms, often resorting to theft to fund his habit. Witnessing deaths from overdoses became commonplace. Brian’s health deteriorated, suffering from infections and septic legs, but he managed to survive and has been clean for nearly a year.

His story sheds light on the grim reality of addiction amidst a rising death toll from synthetic opioids.

Difficult words: resort (to turn to something to resolve a difficult situation), deteriorate (to become progressively worse), septic (infected).

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What insights can Brian's story provide about the impact of the fentanyl crisis on individuals struggling with addiction?


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