What is Fentanyl?

Fentanyl is a synthetic, or manufactured Opioid.  In the last 5 years, deaths from Fentanyl or similar Opioid synthetics have overtaken Heroin deaths.  The numbers are astounding and frightening. Drug overdoes remain the leading cause of death for Americans under 50 years of age.  Of the 64,000 overdose deaths in 2016, approximately 20,100 were Fentanyl (or similar synthetic), 15,400 were Heroin, 14,400 were due to prescription opioids, 10,600 Cocaine, 7,600 Methamphetamine, and 3,200 Methadone.  If we subtract out the Cocaine and Meth overdoses, a little quick math shows us that Opioids, both natural and synthetic account for about 83% of the overdose fatalities in the United States.

Clearly, we have a crisis and that crisis is caused by our medical establishment’s willingness to over-prescribe Opioids to control pain. Once hooked on the prescription medication, addicts often move to heroin as it is easy to obtain and much cheaper than the prescription version.  Fentanyl is a fine powder.  It is extremely potent and can be made into imitation prescription pills, blended with heroin, or sold as street heroin.  Many Fentanyl deaths result from unknown or unintended exposure to this synthetic that is easily imported into the U.S. due to it’s intense potency.

The picture in this article, sums up the danger of Fentanyl.  READ MORE at https://www.statnews.com/2016/09/29/why-fentanyl-is-deadlier-than-heroin/

Why fentanyl is deadlier than heroin, in a single photo