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The Scariest Opioid: Fentanyl

Fentanyl might be the scariest and deadliest drug in the U.S. landscape at the moment. While it’s not that common, the fact that it’s popping up seemingly randomly across the country. It’s grasping for lives even when its presence isn’t known. That’s perhaps the scariest part of the drug. People are discovering it in their drugs, sometimes before it’s too late. Oftentimes, it’s in heroin, but now, people are finding it in other drugs, such as marijuana.

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that was designed to relieve pain for a short duration. The drug was designed to be much more effective than other opioids. For example, it’s up to 100 times stronger than morphine. It’s frequently manufactured in China and shipped to heroin dealers in Mexico and introduced to the supply, or it’s shipped directly to the U.S.

The drug is popping up in seemingly random places. It’s frequently seen in places like heroin. But it isn’t seen in other drugs such as cocaine or marijuana. But apparently, it’s a thing, according to Vice. People are having fentanyl put into their drug supply without them knowing. And it’s popping up in some of the oddest drugs, which can be deadly for unsuspecting people.

Many people don’t realize they’re taking Fentanyl, so they take their normal dose of heroin, but it’s multiple times stronger than normal. Also, according to the Telegram, people are taking doses of Fentanyl alone. This leads to a higher chance of overdose because they’re pumping themselves full of opioids and hanging out alone. No one can administer naloxone or Narcan, leading to imminent death by overdose.

For people with an addiction, the introduction of Fentanyl can flip their world upside down. The cost of Fentanyl isn’t ridiculously high. In-fact, it’s put into drugs without people even knowing sometimes. This can mean people become more dependent on opioids, making their addiction that much worse. Quitting opioids becomes nearly impossible without the help of medical help.