Fentanyl: What You Need to Know

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Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid used as an anesthetic during surgeries and prescribed for pain relief afterwards. It is sold on the streets in pill form or as a white powder. It is added to other drugs such as heroin and cocaine, often without people knowing. Fentanyl is 50-100 times more deadly than heroin, morphine, and oxycodone. As little as 2 milligrams of fentanyl can be fatal.


Short term effects include:

• Euphoria

• Nausea

• Vertigo

• Disorientation

• Difficulty urinating

• Respiratory depression


Long-term effects:

• Anxiety

• Depression

• Cardiac disorders

• Weakened immune system

• Brain damage

• Gastrointestinal distress


Signs of fentanyl overdose:

• Seizures

• Extreme fatigue

• Severe confusion

• Difficulty swallowing

• Cardiac arrest

• Unconsciousness

• Respiratory arrest

• Dizziness and fainting


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