Personal plea from anonymous nurse
I cannot even emphasize this enough: if you are a recreational drug user or a hardcore addict, there is fentanyl in EVERYTHING. If you think it can't take you out, think again. Seriously think again. Between the recent losses I've had of people who I personally know, I work in the ER and we see fentanyl overdoses ALL.THE.TIME. We only see people who are actually alive and make into the ER.
So if you think that doing a little ecstasy or coke or GHB will be fine because you're not doing what you think is heroin, THINK AGAIN. I have narcanned people who have come in near death from smoking pot.
And note: even if someone does make it after an overdose, it's not uncommon that they have a brain injury due to lack of oxygen or other life-destroying injuries like limb removal and organ destruction.
I'm not one to say, "Don't do drugs." I'm not one to preach abstaining from drugs generally because it's historically it's been an ideological push against drugs. Right now there is NO safety. Fentanyl is everywhere and it is deadly.
"Regular", "non druggy" social users are constantly dying. This is a f**king epidemic.