Imagine suffering so much pain on a daily basis that taking a breath is a chore. For many Americans, this nightmare is a reality. Luckily, medications available to treat severe and chronic pain, but certain versions of these drugs can present serious health risks.
Fentanyl is an opioid medication that only needs to come in contact with a patient’s skin for the effects to be felt. Fentanyl is administered through a sticky patch placed on the skin. The drug is then absorbed through the skin and is slowly released into the bloodstream.
The problem with the Fentanyl pain patch is its strength.
Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention explains that 120 people die each day in the U.S. as the result of drug overdoses. Opioid medications, like Fentanyl, are responsible for a majority of overdoses.
The issue with the Fentanyl pain patch is that the dosage of drug the patient receives is determined strictly by the size of the patch that’s administered. The Fentanyl pain patch lawyers at Ferrer Poirot Feller Daniel explain that if a patient is given too much of the drug through a larger than needed patch, the patient is at risk of cardiac and respiratory failure, or even death.