Drugs can kill not only those who use it
This is the story of my patient Jordan, who was addicted to Gray Death.
This case was of particular interest to me because before moving to the United States I had never seen Gray Death before. It probably existed in France as well, but was much more prevalent in the United States, mainly due to the opioid crisis. Gray Death is a gray powder or rock that is usually a mix of heroin and other opioids. Its composition varies and can be made of different opiates (mostly synthetic) in different quantities every time. This makes Gray Death even more dangerous because users never know exactly what they are getting or how to measure dosage.
Gray Death is extremely addictive and deadly. It can even be absorbed through the skin or through accidental inhalation of particles, so professionals should always do the removal of Gray Death from an area. Gray Death can be snorted, smoked or injected.
Jordan had started his addiction journey with prescription pain pills, then progressed to heroin, and finally to Gray Death. He hadn’t realized the differences between heroin and Gray Death, other than his fellow addicts told him that it was even stronger than heroin, which made him want to try it. He said the effects weren’t quite like heroin, and that he still preferred heroin, but Gray Death was stronger and cheaper for him to get. He decided to seek treatment when his toddler son found his stash and accidentally inhaled some of the particles and ended up in the hospital. His son survived with no permanent damage, luckily, but as a result of the incident, Jordan lost custody of his son. Jordan knew he had hit rock bottom and that his addiction could have killed the person he loved the most in the world.
After Suboxone treatment and an in-patient stay at the rehabilitation facility, Jordan is doing much better. He has stayed clean and sober and is working on getting back custody of his son.