Fentanyl is a word we've been hearing a lot in the news lately. It has become a huge problem lately, causing overdoses and numerous deaths across the US and Canada.
But what exactly is Fentanyl?
Most people know it's bad but they don't exactly what it is, where it comes from, and how it has managed to kill so many people.
In fact, most people can't even tell you if it's a liquid or a powder, or if it's smoked, injected, or snorted. That's why we decided to find out everything there is to know about Fentanyl, so you can be better informed.
Because the biggest danger when it comes to Fentabyl, is ignorance.
1. What exactly is Fentanyl?
- Fentanyl was first synthesized as a pain medication in the 1960's, by a man named Paul Janssen. It was marketed under the name Demorrol, and since 2012, Fentanyl has become the most widely used synthetic opioid in medicine.Fentanyl comes in many forms. A liquid version can be injected intravenously for anesthesia and sedation. There are also patches that release small dozes over time to manage pain. There are intranasal versions you can inhale, as well as lozenges, lollipops, and pills.
- Recreationally, Fentanyl typically comes in powder form, or as part of the ingredients found inside pills such as ecstasy.In medicine Fentanyl goes by the name: Sublimaze, Actiq, Durogesic, Duragesic, Fentora, Matrifen, Haldid, Onsolis, Instanyl, Abstral, and Lazanda
2. Why is Fentanyl so dangerous?
- The real danger with Fentanyl is how potent it is. Even when it's used in small doses in a medical setting, it can be very dangerous for people who haven't built up a tolerance to opiates. When medically prescribed, Fentanyl patches have still managed to kill many children, because it stopped them from breathing in their sleep.
- As for the recreational versions, Fentanyl powder is very hard to dilute properly, which results is extremely potent mixtures that can easily be lethal.
3. How strong is Fentanyl?
- Recreational use of Fentanyl started in the 70's and many analogue forms have popped up since. Most of these are actually stronger than heroin.It can be ingested, smoked, snorted, or injected. It is sometimes sold as heroin and cocaine, which causes overdoses in unsuspecting victims.
- Lately, Fentanyl has been used as a way to make low quality heroin and cocaine stronger, which is what caused an outbreak of overdose deaths in the United States and Canada.
4. How many people does Fentanyl kill?
- For the last 2 years, Canada has seen a high rise in Fentanyl overdoses. The drug is coming from Asia in powder form and is being pressed into pills that closely resemble OxyContin. Peopel take these pills thinking it's something else and they OD.Recreational drugs such as cocaine, heroin and MDMA have also been found to contain Fentanyl. Many users aren't aware of this, so they overdose on Fentanyl without even knowing they ingested it.
- There have been so many Fentanyl deaths, that it has been declared a public health crisis in Canada. In 2016, deaths from fatal Fentanyl overdoses in British Columbia, averaged two persons per day. And on December 15, 2016, 9 people died in a single day.
5. How is Fentanyl use going to be stopped?
- So what can you do to protect yourself? Well it's simple, don't do any of the drugs that may contain Fentanyl. (Cocaine Heroin, MDMA, Ecstasy, OxyContin)
- If you really really don't want to stop doing these, at the very least try to procure some strips to test whether or not your drugs contain Fentanyl. However, these tests aren't always reliable in detecting analog versions, so unfortunately the best prevention is abstinence.