Teenagers vaping fentanyl, overdosing, poison management warns

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

“One of many issues we’ve got observed lately is we’ve got gotten a good variety of calls to our poison middle for younger folks, adolescents, who’ve been experimenting with vaping fentanyl,” Dr. Christopher Hoyte mentioned.

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 sometimes is available in powder or capsule type. Hoyte mentioned his workforce believes teenagers at the moment are ingesting it in liquid type. 

“What we’ve been noticing is that younger persons are getting fentanyl in liquid type and placing the cartridges in vaping pens and vaping fentanyl, and you’ll think about that may be very, very harmful,” he mentioned. 

An quantity as small as a number of grains of sand may be lethal. 

“They cease respiratory and they also must be resuscitated,” Hoyte mentioned. 

In keeping with Hoyte, it is a downside affecting adults too and is an enormous a part of the opioid epidemic. 

“It’s the age vary that actually is form of the brand new factor. We hadn’t seen it fairly as younger as adolescents,” he mentioned.

He says in simply the previous two to a few months, the poison middle has seen an uncommon cluster of instances. Nevertheless, Rocky Mountain Poison Middle didn’t instantly have a selected variety of instances out there.

“No less than within the double digits. It’s greater than single digits for certain. I wouldn’t go so far as saying we’re having a whole lot and a whole lot of instances coming in,” he mentioned, “however earlier than we get to that time, I wish to get the phrase out that folks needs to be very vigilant about their adolescents and youngsters probably being uncovered to this.”

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

“For those who don’t discuss to your youngsters about it, youngsters prefer to experiment, and all of us at that age suppose that we’re invincible,” he mentioned.

He additionally has a message for teenagers: “Don’t simply go purchase something off the road as a result of you don’t have any thought what you’re really shopping for and that may be unbelievably harmful.”