What To Look Out For
What is it?
Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is 50-100 times stronger than morphine. Pharmaceutical fentanyl was developed for pain management treatment of cancer patients. Because of its powerful opioid properties, Fentanyl is also diverted for abuse. Fentanyl is added to heroin to increase its potency or be disguised as highly potent heroin. Many users believe that they are purchasing heroin and don’t know that they are buying Fentanyl – which often results in overdose deaths. Fentanyl is found in marijuana, cocaine, pressed in pills, and sold as something like Xanax, OxyContin, or Adderall. Clandestinely produced Fentanyl is primarily manufactured in Mexico. (“Fentanyl”, 2022)
How is it used?
Smoked, snorted or injected.
How does it affect the body?
Intense, short-term high, temporary feelings of euphoria slowed and low respiration, reduced blood pressure, nausea, fainting, seizures, and death.
Fentanyl (2022). Retrieved 25 July 2022, from https://www.dea.gov/factsheets/fentanyl
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