Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is highly dangerous. Translucent, odorless, and tasteless, it is impossible for opioid users to know when they are getting fentanyl when they buy heroin on the street. Reports from the streets where heroin addicts live reveal that even the most severe of addicts is terrified of buying heroin that is laced with fentanyl which could kill them. Fentanyl wasn’t always a villain of street drugs. The high potency drug, estimated to be up to 100 times more powerful than morphine, is available in prescription form. Either prescribed in patches to be applied to the skin or in pill form, fentanyl was created to serve patients who did not respond to morphine based medications like normal opioids. The formula for fentanyl made its way into the hands of overseas manufacturers who started producing the synthetic drug and many of its even more potent analogues, for cheaper. Using the substance as a filler in cocaine, benzodiazepines, and heroin, fentanyl started causing clusters of overdose deaths around the country. For those who used the drugs and could tolerate it, fentanyl created an entirely new population of the opioid epidemic. Today, addicts and their families live in fear of the “bad batch” of heroin that could come through and take the life of someone precious. Fentanyl is a dangerous contribution to the opioid epidemic for a few reasons. First, the manufactured drug is so potent it can cause an immediate overdose. Second, it is impossible to detect the drug when it is part of another drug. Third, the production of the drug has inspired other drugs to be produced that are similar to it. American pharmaceutical companies had attempted to create other synthetic drugs like fentanyl but found they were too strong for human consumption. Overseas manufacturers got access to those formulae as well and started producing cousin drugs to fentanyl which are stronger in potency compared to morphine. Most recently, a combination drug of all the synthetic opioids, called Gray Death, made its way into America. Unlike even the stronger of the synthetic opioids, overdose on Gray Death cannot be reversed.
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