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What to Know About Fentanyl

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is typically used to manage severe pain, such as pain related to surgery or cancer treatment. However, illegally manufactured fentanyl has been found in a range of drugs, including:


  • Heroin: Fentanyl is often added to heroin to increase its potency, and users may not be aware that they are taking fentanyl.

  • Cocaine: Fentanyl has been found in some samples of cocaine, either mixed in or as a result of cross-contamination during the manufacturing process.

  • Methamphetamine: Fentanyl has been found in some samples of methamphetamine, either mixed in or as a result of cross-contamination during the manufacturing process.

  • Counterfeit prescription pills: Fentanyl has been found in counterfeit prescription pills, particularly those made to look like prescription opioids such as OxyContin or Vicodin.

It's important to note that fentanyl can be deadly even in small amounts, and users may not be aware that the drugs they are taking contain fentanyl. Illicit fentanyl and other synthetic opioids are a growing public health concern, and it's important to seek help from a healthcare provider or addiction specialist if you or someone you know is struggling with drug use.


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