“One of the biggest problems of over prescribing is the diversion of too much drug being out there. Not so much so the average person will become an addict but that those medications will get out into the stream of abusable drugs,” Satel said.
Synthetic drugs like Fentanyl and Carfentanil are some of the most lethal on the market, coming over from China. “Fentanyl is 50 times more potent than heroin and carfentianil is 5000 times,” she said. “At the level of demand, you have Narcan which creates a paradox. It keeps people alive so they can overdose again.”