TV News Coverage: Cumberland Heights Chief Medical Officer Says Opioid Crisis is Unlike Anything He’s Ever Seen
Dr. Chapman Sledge sees the opioid crisis from another perspective as the chief medical officer at Cumberland Heights Treatment Center. He says the current opioid and drug crisis is unlike anything he’s ever seen.
“We used to talk about addiction as a potentially fatal disease and now we’re confronted with the fatality of this disease every single day,” Dr. Sledge said.
Dr. Sledge says fentanyl has been the biggest game changer, which can be fatal in trace amounts. Drug officials are now warning the substance is circulating in street drugs that look identical to prescriptions.
Dr. Sledge says what makes fentanyl so tough is its addictive qualities. Once addicted, the detox is unlike any other drug. After seeing patients fighting to come off the substance, he warns it’s something you should avoid starting at all costs.