Opioids

Fentanyl 101: What You Need to Know

August 13th, 2019

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Fentanyl 101: What You Need to Know

Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid used as an anesthetic during surgeries and prescribed for pain relief afterwards. It is sold on the streets as a white powder or in pill form. Often, Fentanyl is added to other drugs such as heroin and cocaine without people knowing. 

Fentanyl is 50-100 times more deadly than heroin, morphine, and oxycodone. It has no taste or smell and can be absorbed through the skin. As little as 2 milligrams of fentanyl can be fatal. 

Short-Term Effects

  • Euphoria
  • Nausea
  • Vertigo
  • Disorientation
  • Difficulty urinating
  • Respiratory depression

Long-Term Effects

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Cardiac disorders
  • Weakedned immune system
  • Brain damage
  • Gastronintestinal distress

Fentanyl Overdose Signs

  • Seizures
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Severe confusion
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Cardiac arrest
  • Unconsciousness
  • Respiratory arrest
  • Dizziness and fainting

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