Fentanyl is an extremely potent opioid narcotic typically used as anesthesia to assist with pain from medical procedures. However, the fast-acting agent is sometimes found as an additive in heroin and other black market opioids, often without the buyer’s knowledge. This drug normally comes as a patch making fentanyl patch abuse that much easier but also more dangerous. Because the drug is 80-100 times as potent as morphine, such opioid cocktails often cause fatal overdoses even in small amounts.
Sovereign Health provides closely monitored detox and a formidable fentanyl addiction treatment program to address not only the opioid abuse but any mental disorders underlying the problem.
The drug is said to first be abused with hospital workers who were overdosing in rashes in the 1990s. When the drug was approved for packaging as a lozenge or patch, fentanyl drug abuse and overdose became more common in laymen.
Fentanyl, though extremely powerful, is not a long-lasting drug, so the frequency of use is what contributes to its highly addictive quality.
When patients experience chronic pain that breaks through their opioid barrier, or when less-powerful painkillers become ineffective due to tolerance, they often escalate to fentanyl use, leading to dependency and addiction.
On the black market, fentanyl and fentanyl-laced heroin go by many names:
- China White
- China Girl
- Dance Fever
- Murder 8
- Tango and Cash
When fentanyl is bought and sold illegally, it can come as a powder, blotter paper or tablets mimicking lesser opioids.