What makes fentanyl so dangerous?

By Craig Thompson Off

What makes fentanyl so dangerous? Fentanyl is available for sale

What makes fentanyl so dangerous?

• It is often impossible to tell if a powder or pill contains
fentanyl. You can’t see it, smell it or taste it. Even
your dealer might not know what he or she is selling,
or how strong it is.
• Because fentanyl is so strong, the difference between
a dose that will get you high and a dose that can kill
you is very small.
• You can overdose even if you use a prescription patch
with an identified dose. Everyone handles fentanyl
differently. One person’s dose can kill another person.
• If you are using other drugs at the same time—for
example, other opioids, alcohol or sedatives such as
Xanax, Valium or Ativan—the risk of overdose is even

Fentanyl-What makes fentanyl so dangerous?


What is it?

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is 80-100 times stronger than morphine. Pharmaceutical fentanyl was developed for pain management treatment of cancer patients, applied in a patch on the skin. Because of its powerful opioid properties, Fentanyl is also diverted for abuse. Fentanyl is added to heroin to increase its potency, or be disguised as highly potent heroin. Many users believe that they are purchasing heroin and actually don’t know that they are purchasing fentanyl – which often results in overdose deaths. Clandestinely-produced fentanyl is primarily manufactured in Mexico.

Street Names

Apace, China Girl, China Town, China White, Dance Fever, Goodfellas, Great Bear, He-Man, Poison and Tango & Cash,

How is it used?

Intense, short-term highTemporary feelings of euphoriaSlowed respiration and reduced blood pressureNauseaFaintingSeizuresDeath

How does it affect the body?

Similar to other opioid analgesics, Fentanyl produces effects such as relaxation, euphoria, pain relief, sedation, confusion, drowsiness, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, urinary retention, pupillary constriction, and respiratory depression.