Fentanyl - Don't make a mistake

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Don’t make a fatal mistake.

It’s deadly. It’s almost impossible to detect. And it’s often disguised as less-powerful drugs.

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid used to treat the most severe pain. While all opioids can be deadly, fentanyl is especially dangerous because it is so strong—much stronger than heroin or morphine.

Fentanyl is often disguised as other drugs

Many of the opioid pills and powders sold on the street are fake. They often contain fentanyl in potentially deadly amounts but are mislabeled as other opioids. The DEA sampled tablets seized nationwide between January and March 2019. It found 27 percent contained potentially lethal doses of fentanyl.

That means if you buy things like Percocet, Vicodin or OxyContin you didn’t get from a pharmacy with a prescription, you need to assume they are fakes that contain fatal amounts of fentanyl.

You can’t see, smell or taste fentanyl when it’s mixed with other drugs. If you use heroin, cocaine or crack—even rarely—you’re at risk of a fentanyl-involved overdose.

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