Friday, December 30, 2016

Survivors of fentanyl overdose suffer irreversible brain damage

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.