What is Fentanyl

An ampoule of injectable fentanyl for medical use.

Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid created in laboratories, is utilized in medical settings for pain management. This potent drug, known chemically as FEN-tih-nil, is also illicitly manufactured and distributed as a narcotic on the streets. It’s commonly combined with other illicit substances like xylazine, heroin, or cocaine to enhance their potency, increase addiction potential, or reduce production costs.

The danger of Fentanyl lies in its extreme potency, even in minuscule amounts, which can be fatal.

Various street names, including Fenny, Fetty, Apache, Dance Fever, Goodfellas, Jackpot, and Murder 8 know Fentanyl.

Forms of Illicit Fentanyl Use:

In its illegal form, Fentanyl is found as a liquid or powder. It’s often processed into pills, transformed into nasal sprays or eye drops, injected, or applied to paper or candies.

Many users are unaware of Fentanyl being laced into their drugs, or they might be misled into believing they’re consuming a legitimate pharmaceutical product like oxycodone when, in fact, it’s Fentanyl. This deception significantly increases the risk of overdose due to the drug’s high potency.

Pictures of pigs, counterfeit Xanax, next to real Xanax pills
Counterfeit pills containing fentanyl alongside legitimate pharmaceuticals.

Effects of Fentanyl:

Fentanyl induces a euphoric high and can also lead to side effects such as drowsiness, nausea, vomiting, difficulty in urination, respiratory depression, and potentially death.

Addiction and Withdrawal:

Fentanyl is highly addictive. Discontinuing its use can trigger severe withdrawal symptoms, including panic attacks, insomnia, extreme cold sensations, sweating, muscle aches, abdominal cramps, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

Public Health Concerns:

The United States is facing a public health crisis due to overdoses from synthetic opioids like Fentanyl. The recent trend of mixing Fentanyl with xylazine has exacerbated this crisis. The White House has identified the combination of xylazine and Fentanyl as an “emerging threat” and is actively working on prevention, treatment, and reducing the supply of these drugs.

Seeking Help:

For those struggling with drug addiction, recovery is achievable. Consult a healthcare professional or visit state or local health department websites for assistance.

Additional resources and support can be found by calling 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or visiting:

Consult your healthcare provider for advice. The information provided is subject to change.

The Fentanyl Free Communities Foundation highlights content related to the Fentanyl crisis. We are sharing these stories as part of our educational efforts. We are committed to raising awareness and positively impacting the fight against fentanyl poisoning in our communities.

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