|While many lives continue to be lost to the fentanyl crisis, those who survive an overdose often suffer serious brain damage with little to no chance of making a recovery. Doctors say 90 per cent of fentanyl overdose patients in the intensive care unit (ICU) have suffered brain trauma they will not recover from even though they received the life-saving antidote naloxone. |
First responders can restart the heart in many cases but the brain has already suffered a catastrophic injury from the length of time — sometimes minutes — that the brain has gone without adequate blood flow.
|It costs at least $5,000 a day to care for one brain injury patient in the ICU. Now more people are staying within the ICU and they have no chance of ever getting better.|
It’s another tragic outcome from fentanyl and carfentanil. People will end up in long-term institutions, where they will never have a meaningful life. To use an older term, they are in a 'vegetative state.' and will never recover.