Teens are vaping fentanyl, poison control warns…


by: Ashley Michels

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DENVER (KDVR) — Rocky Mountain Poison Middle is issuing a warning for folks following a current cluster of adolescents overdosing on opioids. 

“One of the things we have noticed recently is we have gotten a fair number of calls to our poison center for young people, adolescents, who have been experimenting with vaping fentanyl,” Dr. Christopher Hoyte stated.

Hoyte is the medical director of the Rocky Mountain Poison Middle, which is a part of Denver Well being. He’s additionally an attending doctor within the emergency division at UCHealth College of Colorado Hospital. 

Fentanyl is an opioid. It usually is available in powder or tablet kind. Hoyte stated his staff believes teenagers are actually ingesting it in liquid kind. 

“What we’ve been noticing is that young people are getting fentanyl in liquid form and putting the cartridges in vaping pens and vaping fentanyl, and you can imagine that can be very, very dangerous,” he stated. 

An quantity as small as just a few grains of sand will be lethal. 

“They stop breathing and so they have to be resuscitated,” Hoyte stated. 

Based on Hoyte, it is a drawback affecting adults too and is a giant a part of the opioid epidemic. 

“It’s the age range that really is kind of the new thing. We hadn’t seen it quite as young as adolescents,” he stated.

He says in simply the previous two to 3 months, the poison middle has seen an uncommon cluster of circumstances. Nevertheless, Rocky Mountain Poison Middle didn’t instantly have a particular variety of circumstances accessible.

“At least in the double digits. It’s more than single digits for sure. I wouldn’t go as far as saying we’re having hundreds and hundreds of cases coming in,” he stated, “but before we get to that point, I want to get the word out that people should be very vigilant about their adolescents and children potentially being exposed to this.”

Hoyte advises dad and mom to speak to their kids in regards to the hazards related to vaping fentanyl. 

“If you don’t talk to your kids about it, kids like to experiment, and we all at that age think that we’re invincible,” he stated.

He additionally has a message for teenagers: “Don’t just go buy anything off the street because you have no idea what you’re actually buying and that can be unbelievably dangerous.”

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