New Report from CDC: 72,000 OD deaths in 2017, sharp rise in Fentanyl use

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The CDC just released a report that 72,000 people died from drug overdoses in 2017. The report also showed that there’s been a sharp rise in fentanyl use among drug users.

Scott Bienenfeld, M.D. of the The Recovery Spot is available to weigh in. The Recovery Spot is a cutting-edge center for the treatment of addiction, co-occurring psychiatric disorders, and chronic pain in New York City. The facility is a New York State Department of Health Certified Opioid Overdose Prevention Program.

According to Dr. Bienenfeld:

–Fentanyl is 100 times more potent than morphine and 50 times more potent than heroin. It is cheap and easy to cut into the drug supply, and people rarely even realize they are using it when they buy illicit drugs.

–Fentanyl can show up in cocaine, heroin, and even pain killers. There is a much stronger version of fentanyl called Carfentanyl, which is even stronger and more deadly, that people are also using.

–While prescriptions for opiates have decreased measurably, fatal overdoses have consistently risen–with the primary culprit usually being the deadliness of Fentanyl.

— What’s worse, Narcan oftentimes is not strong enough to revive people who have overdosed on this horrifically dangerous drug.

Based in NYC, Dr. Bienenfeld is available to discuss. His bio and a recent a media clip are below. Please let me know if you have any questions or would like to arrange an interview with Dr. Bienenfeld.


Scott Bienenfeld, MD  // NYC

Dr. Bienenfeld is an Addiction Psychiatrist who has been in practice since 2001. Board certified in General and Forensic Psychiatry and certified by both the American Society of Addiction Medicine and The American Board of Addiction Medicine. Dr. Bienenfeld is a consultant to both The National Basketball Association (NBA) and Major League Baseball (MLB). Specializes in treating patients with addictive and co-occurring disorders. Dr. Bienenfeld provides individual therapy and also runs relapse-prevention groups. Dr. Bienenfeld on Fox & Friends

Emerald contributor since March 2012


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