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Tuesday, March 26 2019
Fentanyl- The Drug that is Causing Thousands of Accidental Overdoses and Deaths

In our 16 years in the business of testing teenagers for drug abuse, we have never been so motivated to issue an alert like this!

Right now drug dealers everywhere adding a deadly component to prescription and street drugs that is unbelievably dangerous and even deadly. To make their drugs “better” and more addictive, they are adding fentanyl and carfentanyl to heroin, opiates, and benzodiazepines. Obviously, any kind of pill or anything you purchase on the street is dangerous. You actually have absolutely no way of knowing what is in it to start with. Even if someone tells you it's hydrocodone and even if it looks like hydrocodone (for example), there's no way to know if that's what it really is. It could be tampered with in many ways, 

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is not detected on any traditional multi-panel drug screens. It has now been synthesized by drug dealers and is frequently “cut” or mixed with heroin or cocaine (often without the user’s knowledge)and goes by ominous names like Bomb, Drop Dead, Flatline, and Lethal Injection. One gram of pure Fentanyl can be cut into approximately 7,000 doses for street sale, and manufacture of the drug requires relatively little technical knowledge.

Fentanyl is thought to be even more addictive than heroin, and users become hooked very quickly. Use of this drug is on an enormous rise among teens. If you currently test a teen that could abuse opioids, you absolutely should check for Fentanyl in addition to the other tests for opiates and oxycodone. Fentanyl testing requires a separate drug test kit.

Most of us are familiar with names like Oxycodone, Oxycontin, or Percocet- but we may not know much about the drug that is killing thousands across the U.S. sold under the brand names Actiq, Duragesic and Sublimaze, Fentanyl is the strongest opioid approved for medical use in the United States, rated as 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine and 30 to 50 times more potent than heroin according to the National Institute for Drug Abuse. As a pharmaceutical, Fentanyl is the go-to drug to dull the crippling, otherwise-untouchable pain experienced by many patients with advanced cancer. Fentanyl is so powerful that it is administered in micrograms instead of milligrams, and we have read that it was never intended to treat chronic pain. It is said that it was originally formulated to be used to make some death experiences faster and less painful. Even very small amounts can be fatal. 

Law enforcement and doctors agree that it is extremely over-prescribed and highly sought after by addicts. The drug is medically administered in a variety of ways, including a spray form taken orally, the adhesive patch, and a lollipop (which are sold in some areas under the street name of "Perco Pop"), a frighteningly popular item. It is also taken intravenously or made into a powder and snorted, similar to cocaine. Some heroin dealers mix fentanyl powder with heroin to increase potency or compensate for low-quality heroin. Once the fentanyl is in the user's system, it is extremely difficult to stop its course because of the nature of absorption. 

The overdose and fatalities related to fentanyl are staggering. Users can be convinced that pure fentanyl and other opiates mixed with fentanyl are “better”, but the reality is that users have no idea what they are getting. Death from fentanyl can be so quick that the Narcan shot to reverse it or CPR often come too late. The deaths of Philip Seymour Hoffman and Prince are attributed to Fentanyl. 

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