In 2017, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, synthetic fentanyl caused more than 28,000 deaths in the United States. As the drug responsible for the sharpest spike in overdose deaths, fentanyl is extremely dangerous and has vastly contributed to the deadliest overdose crisis in American history.
50 times more potent than heroin and 100 times more potent than morphine, fentanyl is a killer. Accidental death from fentanyl is now the leading cause of accidental death, even higher than car accidents.
What is Synthetic Fentanyl?
Fentanyl is a manmade opioid used for severe pain management in cases of chronic or terminal illnesses. Fentanyl mimics the effects of naturally occurring opioids such as morphine or heroin, which attach themselves to opiate receptors throughout the body. This interaction relieves pain, or at higher doses, creates feelings of euphoria.
While fentanyl has only recently become prevalent in headlines, it is not a new drug. According to Medical Life Sciences News, fentanyl was developed some 60 years ago in 1959 by Dr. Paul Janssen. Due to its effectiveness in treating pain, fentanyl was quickly adopted by the medical industry.
Fentanyl can be lethal at incredibly small doses, estimated at 2 mg. When mixed with other substances such as alcohol, the danger increases. Mixed with stimulants—such as cocaine—fentanyl is a ticking time bomb. This is because stimulants can keep a person alert, but once it wears off, the fentanyl causes an overdose.
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