Fentanyl’s Deadly Effects
It seems that the problem of prescription painkiller abuse is only going to get worse with the emergence of new opioid-based medications.
Heroin and powerful prescription drugs are no longer the most dangerous substance. Fentanyl, a potent cancer treatment, is now being made illegally and sold as another means of getting high.
Modern Fentanyl: More Common, More Potent
Many fentanyl-related deaths have occurred because drug dealers lace other prescription painkillers with fentanyl. Fentanyl-related deaths are rising across the nation; according to data from 2014:
- Ohio had a 452.69% increase
- Maryland had a 218.97% increase
- Florida had a 114.59% increase
While fentanyl has been in use since the 1960s, an illicitly-made version is now making the rounds nationally. Typically found in a patch or lozenge form, fentanyl is now being produced in pill or powder form. This way, it is more potent — 50 times more powerful than heroin and 100 times stronger than morphine.
A Dangerous Drug in Disguise
Counterfeit pills appear to be regular medications, like prescription Xanax, when examined with the naked eye but when tested have been found to be fentanyl.
Fentanyl can be deadly even if you don’t consume it. The drug can be absorbed via your skin or your eyes and can be easily ingested. Just a deep breath or a sneeze could result in an overdose.
Accurate Fentanyl Testing
We offer fentanyl testing to help combat this dangerous epidemic. ARCpoint Labs of Columbia, SC can work with employers, judicial organizations and individuals to provide accurate, court-admissible test results.