In the last year, UK Emergency Services have seen a dramatic increase in the availability of dangerous synthetic opioids. The majority of these are structural derivatives of the synthetic drug “Fentanyl.” Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid currently listed as a controlled drug that mimics the effects of morphine in the human body, but has a potency 50–100 times that of morphine. Due to the availability of Fentanyl, both international and domestic criminal organisations are increasingly utilising this as an adulterant in heroin and other controlled substances. The presence of these synthetic opioids in the illicit drug market is extremely concerning and has led to a significant increase in overdose incidents and overdose related deaths throughout the nation. For further information please click here
It is important to use the correct amount of topical steroid for your eczema, as instructed by your healthcare professional. Topical steroids should be applied with clean hands so that the skin just glistens. It can sometimes be difficult to judge how much steroid to use and there are guidelines on the amount required to cover body areas that are affected by eczema. These are based on the Finger Tip Unit (FTU), and explained in detail in our fact sheet which you can download as a pdf from the related documents to the right of this page.
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