Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid. They have the same use as morphine, but Fentanyl is 50 to 100 times more potent.
Fentanyl is a prescription drug used to treat severe pain, typically after surgery. Sometimes, used to treat chronic pain of patients who grew tolerance to other opioids. Overdose from this drug can take your life.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that U.S. overdose death reached an all-time high in 2021. From 94,000 in 2020 to 108,000 in 2021. Overdose death from Fentanyl is the majority.
While drug overdose is rampant every year in the U.S., there is an uptick in Fentanyl overdose in 2021. And most likely, Covid-19 plays a crucial role. Because of widespread unemployment, more Americans suffered from mental health diseases and turned to Fentanyl abuse.
In Texas alone, there were over 1,334 fentanyl-related deaths.In Minnesota, there are 1,286 overdose deaths reported to MDH in 2021. These are just two states that declare a crisis in drug abuse. All states in the U.S. are battling drug abuse.
While Fentanyl is a prescription drug, more Americans can acquire this medication without a prescription, illegally.
Fentanyl that causes recent overdoses is illegally made in labs. This synthetic opioid is sold as a powder, put in eye droppers and nasal sprays, or made into pills. Some drug dealers are making cheaper options. They mix fentanyl with other drugs, like heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamine. This is very dangerous because people who abuse substances might not realize they are taking stronger opioids. This is the primary reason why they experience an overdose.
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