Why is it so dangerous?
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. Because of its potency, very small amounts can suppress a person’s respiratory drive very quickly.
Where is Fentanyl Found?
Fentanyl is 100 times more potent than morphine, 50 times more potent than heroin, and its effects are even greater in combination with other drugs.
Methamphetamine is a stimulant, as is cocaine, but often these stimulants are cut with fentanyl (a sedating drug); illegal drug manufacturers do this to save money, and often work in labs that aren’t following any standards or safe ratios of each drug.
Many drug suppliers mix fentanyl with methamphetamine or oxycodone, and then add red, yellow or blue food coloring to form a pill sold as MDMA, or ecstasy. Or they mix these drugs and sell it as (fake) Xanax.
Counterfeit pills are a huge problem; fentanyl is found in fake oxycodone, fake Xanax, fake Adderal, and many others. These pills are stamped and shaped to look like an actual pill from a pharmacy, and it is nearly impossible to tell the difference.