Everything You Need to Know about W-18

What is W-18

Like the recently famous drug Fentanyl, W-18 is a synthetic opiate. Opiates are analgesic drugs, meaning they create pain relief. Prescription painkillers, morphine, and heroin are all opiate drugs. The human brain has naturally occurring opiate receptors which, when blocked with opiate production, help slow down the heart and reduce pain. Some people are sensitive to opiates and cannot naturally receive the help opiate drugs give them. Synthetic opiates were developed to help such people recovery from traumatic injury, surgery, and cope with chronic pain.

How Strong is W-18

W-18 is derived from Fentanyl which was already reported to be 50-100 times stronger than morphine. Morphine is what the body naturally creates when it ingests anything derived from the opium plant. W-18 is reported to be up to 10,000 times stronger than heroin and other opiate drugs.

Where is W-18 Being Found?

Similar to the concerning situation with Fentanyl, W-18 is being discovered as parts of other medications. Bags of heroin, pills, and other form of drugs, are showing up with W-18 in overdose victim’s toxicology reports. W-18 has been discovered in multiple parts of America, Asia, and recently Tasmania.

Where does W-18 Come From?

Most sources believe that W-18 and other synthetic drugs are being manufactured in China, then brought into the United States via Mexico. However, synthetic drugs like Fentanyl and W-18 are also categorized as “designer drugs”. Designer drugs are advertised and sold on social media channels as well as obscure areas of the internet regarded as the “dark web”. Though social media platforms like Instagram do their best to regulate the use of certain images, content, and hashtags, it is almost impossible to keep track of every drug dealer. Making matters worse, drug dealers are advertising W-18 as other kinds of drugs like Xanax, which is a benzodiazepine prescribed to treat anxiety.

How will W-18 Be Stopped?

As new versions of synthetic opiates are discovered, government officials are hurriedly trying to classify them as Schedule 1 substances. Unfortunately, the problem with synthetic drugs is that the “recipe” is rapidly changing. Specifying each new type of synthetic opiate takes time and it is difficult for enforcement agents to stay ahead of the game.

Can W-18 Addiction Be Treated?

As with any drug, there is a solution to the problem of addiction. W-18 addiction is rare because the drug is so powerful it commonly causes overdose. Recovery is possible, however. There will likely be a need for detox, and long term intensive treatment.


The Story of an Opioid Addiction

Our story starts with pain. Everybody experiences pain. Truthfully, everybody runs from pain. Basic Buddhist principle teaches us that much of life is pain, mostly due to our deep clinging attachment to things we desire. Primarily, in fact, primitively, we desire to not be in pain. Yet the more we run from it, the more we cause it. Such is the cycle of opioid addiction.

The Story of an Opioid Addiction

Typically, the source of pain resembles an injury, accident, or surgery. To treat the pain, doctors prescribe opioid painkillers. Obligingly, the patient follows doctor's orders. The secret snare of opioid addiction lives somewhere between the start and end of a prescription. Perhaps since the pain has been reduced, a patient decides to skip a dose. Not having once taken more than prescribed the patient is horrified to discover the instant appearance of withdrawal symptoms. Back in severe pain, they continue taking the drug as prescribed. The patient notices that the drugs aren’t treating the pain as well as they used to. Also noticeable is how difficult it is to get through the day without the painkillers. Opioid addiction doesn’t have to start with abuse. Stemming from the necessity of relieving pain, however, it often does.

In 2012, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, 10 million adults abused prescription painkillers. Drugs like Oxycontin, Hydrocodone and Vicodin are opiate drugs. Each contains a synthetic version of morphine which is derived from the opium plant. Opiate drugs stimulate naturally occurring opioid receptors in the brain. Our brain’s opioid system works to inhibit pain. When we experience pain, our brain blocks the opioid receptors. As a result, our heart rates decrease which then signals the nervous system to help muscles relax. Prescription painkillers magnify this effect in regular doses. Consuming prescription painkillers in high doses enhances this process to a greater degree, causing euphoric sensations.

Unfortunately, the more we take opiate drugs, the more our brain becomes dependent on them. Eventually, our brain is unable to fight pain on it’s own. Consequently, we feel more pain, we are in more pain, and we face painful symptoms of withdrawal. Simultaneously, opiate drugs cause us and relieve us from pain. With every dose, we perpetuate the cycle.

Enlightened Solutions understands the challenge in breaking free from the cycle of opioid addiction. You do not have to suffer any longer. We have a solution. It starts with hope. Start your journey to recovery with us. For more information on our treatment programs for men and women call 833-801-5483.