Quality Control in Life

Last Updated: Sep 20th 2019

Reviewed by Brittany Polansky, MSW, LCSW

Quality Control

One reason people may have for finding drug rehab in Ft. Lauderdale would be the obvious; they know they have a problem and it’s negatively affecting their life, maybe their health, their relationships, their emotional wellbeing and their ability to concentrate on things that used to be important to them. Substance abuse treatment in Florida, though, might be a good choice for another, completely different reason if a person is concerned with having control over when they live or die.

Often times, drug addictions involve illicit and illegal drugs. Illicit drugs are those which are typically legal but require a prescription and person obtains them without a prescription or by doctor ‘shopping’, which is to say the person sees multiple doctors to obtain far more of the drug than their condition requires. Illegal drugs are those which the federal or state government has effectively put a ban on and punishes people who have it in their possession, either through fines or imprisonment. Without getting into the discussion of the failure of the War On Drugs that continues today and began in 1971 with Richard Nixon’s signature, there’s another reason why these substances can be far more dangerous to use than the effects that people suffering from substance use disorders seek out from them.

In general, if a person ‘shops’ doctors for themselves, they will get medicine directly from a regulated pharmacy. A trained lab physician will dispense medicines that have gone through governmental regulations to maintain quality. However, the same cannot be said for illicit and illegal drugs bought outside of a pharmacy. There are no quality regulations that manufacturers and distributors must adhere to. There’s no punishment for making mistakes that these organizations must endure, no fines, not even real brand tarnishing as they must operate covertly in order to make their money in the first place.

Last year, drug overdose deaths overtook automobile fatalities with a significant portion of those deaths coming from accidental overdoses tied to illegal and illicit drugs. Fentanyl, an extremely potent opioid, was found in batches of heroin. Where someone was thinking they were getting pure heroin, fentanyl, which is 100 times stronger than heroin, was accidentally ingested, often times causing an overdose, if not outright death. Even cocaine users were dying from fentanyl sneaking into their choice drug.

Even without fentanyl, other issues can occur in drug safety when dealing with illicit sales and illegal sales. A recent report showed that many people were being poisoned from bad batches of kratom, a drug which is primarily only offered ‘under the counter’, though has been proposed to be set to a schedule 1 status, which makes it as illegal as heroin.

It’s not to say that problems don’t occur within legal drugs, but when they happen, there’s recourse to stop the spread, recall bad product, fine the offending company(s) and protect the consumers who are simply looking for the product as described. If nothing else, this should be a reason for someone to break free from their substance use disorder if for nothing else to not be held captive to an unregulated, potentially deadly marketplace.

If you or someone you know is at risk from use of illegal drugs due to their substance use disorder, call First Step Behavioral Health at (866) 971-5531, which offers heroin drug treatment in Broward.

Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Brittany Polansky, MSW, LCSW

Brittany has been working in behavioral health since 2012 and is the Assistant Clinical Director at our facility. She is an LCSW and holds a master’s degree in social work. She has great experience with chemical dependency and co-occurring mental health diagnoses as well as various therapeutic techniques. Brittany is passionate about treating all clients with dignity and respect, and providing a safe environment where clients can begin their healing journey in recovery.