What Is Fentanyl?
Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid that is 100 times more potent than morphine. Historically fentanyl has been used medically for surgical procedures. It has also been prescribed for palliative care for those suffering from terminal cancer. Within the last 10 years it has become the most widely abused opioid. It is also manufactured illegally and smuggled into the United States.
Fentanyl when purchased illegally often comes in the form of pills. These pills typically look like another prescription opioid called Percocet. This has led users to believe they are purchasing Percocet, a much weaker opioid, and has resulted in accidental overdoses and death.
The risk of overdose and death is extremely high with fentanyl, even higher than heroin. If you are a loved one are addicted to fentanyl, seek help immediately.