Fentanyl’s Deadly Effects
Prescription painkiller abuse is a major problem nationwide, and it seems that the problem is only going to get worse with the emergence of new opioid-based medications.
Heroin and powerful prescription drugs are no longer the most dangerous substance — fentanyl, a potent cancer treatment, is now being made illegally and sold as another means of getting high.
Modern Fentanyl: More Common, More Potent
While fentanyl has been in use since the 1960s, an illicitly-made version is now making the rounds nationally. Typically found in a patch or lozenge form, fentanyl is now being produced in pill or powder form. It’s not only more potent this way — 50 times more powerful than heroin and 100 times stronger than morphine — it also carries a number of dangerous side effects, including respiratory arrest, overdose, and even death.
Many fentanyl-related deaths have occurred because drug dealers lace other prescription painkillers with fentanyl. Fentanyl-related deaths are rising across the nation; according to data from 2014:
- Ohio had a 452.69% increase
- Maryland had a 218.97% increase
- Florida had a 114.59% increase
A Dangerous Drug in Disguise
Perhaps the worst part about fentanyl is that it is being made to look just like mainstream prescription drugs such as Xanax. Counterfeit pills appear to be regular medications when examined with the naked eye, but when tested are have been found to be fentanyl.
Even touching just a small amount of fentanyl can be deadly, as the drug can be absorbed via your skin or your eyes. And it can be easily ingested, just a deep breath or a sneeze could result in an overdose.
Accurate Fentanyl Testing
ARCpoint Labs of Charleston offers fentanyl testing to help combat this dangerous epidemic. We can work with employers, judicial organizations, and individuals to provide accurate, court-admissible test results.
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To learn more about our services or about fentanyl testing, contact ARCpoint Labs of Charleston today.