Illicitly manufactured Fentanyl found in synthetic opioids appears to be a primary cause of over 81,230 drug overdose deaths in the United States.
Compared to the previous year, such deaths increased to 18% from June 2019 to May 2020, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Nowadays, illegal drug traders often counterfeit Fentanyl to resemble prescription pills like Percocet (Oxycodone), Norco (Hydrocodone), Xanax (Alprazolam), and others. But there is much more than what meets the eye.
They often mix Fentanyl with heroin or cocaine as a combination product – with or without the user’s knowledge – to increase its euphoric effects.
Likewise, they also sell Fentanyl in the form of transdermal patches. These patches can be cut up and eaten, or the gel can be extracted from the patches and smoked or injected by substance users.
What makes Fentanyl more likely to cause an overdose?
- Fentanyl is 50 times more potent than heroin.
- It is 50 to 100 times stronger than morphine.
- It has a shorter half-life than most other opioids, which causes its effect to fade more quickly, and makes drug abusers inject more frequently.
Avoiding fake prescription drugs
Here are some reminders from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) on avoiding fake prescription drugs.
- The fake pills are much cheaper than the real ones.
- Drugs obtained on the street, even though they look like an actual prescription, may be deadly.
- Take only prescription drugs
- from your doctor
- dispensed by a reputable pharmacy.
Why test for Fentanyl
It is challenging to detect Fentanyl in drugs bought through illicit means. Even your dealer might not know what he is selling or how potent the drug is.
That’s why testing for Fentanyl is a must for you, your loved ones, and employees.
Here are the reasons why you need to test for the presence of Fentanyl in unregulated drugs:
- Knowing what’s in your drugs can help you decide how much and how best to use them.
- It can help reduce the risk of an opioid overdose.
- It allows you to implement appropriate harm reduction strategies.
Side Effects of Fentanyl
Taking doctor-prescribed Fentanyl may result in these short-term effects.
- Slow heartbeat
- Fast pulsation
- Struggle in balance
- Decreased responsiveness
- Less frequent urination
- Muscle jerking
- Severe constipation
- Thinking abnormalities
- Tingling sensations
- Limbs shaking
On the other hand, Fentanyl abuse may bring these long-term side effects, such as slow or irregular breathing, slurred speech and hallucination. Read the other side effects here.
How to Test for Fentanyl
1. Use Fentanyl test strips
The client puts a tiny sample of the drug into a small cup. Then, he adds 30ml (1 ounce) of tap water to the solution and mixes it. Afterward, he places the test strip in the solution for about 10 seconds. He removes the test strip after 2 minutes.
2. Use urine drug test cups
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3. Use urine drug test cards
All the methods above can give you fast and easy fentanyl testing. Just make sure you follow the instructions ( on the labels or the videos for each specific method).
A loved one might need your help. Knowing how to test for Fentanyl might just save his life.