Heroin and cocaine users rely on the strip to see if their drugs have been contaminated with the synthetic opioid, but the practice has encountered opposition.
Fentanyl test strips (‘FTS’) are a form of inexpensive drug testing
technology that was originally developed for urinalysis, but which
have been shown to be effective at detecting the presence of
fentanyl and fentanyl-analogs in drug samples prior to ingestion.
Think of them as an essential harm-reduction tool, like condoms.
More than 100,000 people died from overdoses in a single year – driven primarily by one drug
The synthetic opioid, blamed for increasing numbers of overdose deaths across the U.S., is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine. But experts consulted by STAT said many of the reported incidents appear to be false alarms that run counter to scientific fact and exaggerate the risks.
It’s yet another sign media is falling into old, tired patterns: stoking drug hysteria.
This deadly synthetic painkiller, up to 50 times as powerful as heroin, presents a new level of peril in America’s opioid crisis.
The terrifying tale has been reported as fact, but toxicologists doubt that it is medically possible.
Suppliers, fearing police crackdown, decide opioid is too high-risk to trade.
Over a hundred times stronger than heroin, Fentanyl offers a high that's hard to come back from.
Unfortunately, the drug is also used illegally and it’s easier to produce than heroin, according to the Wall Street Journal. Drug dealers tend to prefer selling Fentanyl because the high doesn’t last as long as heroin’s. All of this has contributed to Fentanyl being a growing cause of overdose deaths.
The underlying source of the fentanyl crisis in Canada traces back to 2012, when the notorious prescribed painkiller OxyContin was pulled from pharmacy shelves in lieu of a "safer" alternative, OxyNeo. This was the point in time when counterfeit fentanyl disguised as fake OxyContin pills arose, proliferated, and sparked a full-on crisis in the country—with Canada's west being a major epicentre.
It’s stronger than heroin and more potent than OxyContin. It’s also cheap, ubiquitous, and incredibly deadly. Inside the rise of fentanyl.
Fentanyl, which looks like heroin, is a powerful synthetic painkiller that has been laced into heroin but is increasingly being sold by itself — often without the user’s knowledge.
Fentanyl and its analogs are appearing across America, making the US’s deadliest drug overdose crisis ever even worse.
Almost half of the nearly 200 U.S. drug overdose deaths every day involve fentanyl.
But it'll take more than a touch to overdose.
Regional drug dealers add the illicit form of fentanyl to the heroin they sell in hopes of restoring the potency of a product that's been diluted by dealers higher up the distribution chain.
Unlike heroin (derived from poppies), cocaine (processed from coca leaves), or methamphetamine (cooked in garage-sized labs), producing fentanyl and its deadlier analogs pretty much requires a graduate degree in illicit chemistry. “They are fairly sophisticated clandestine laboratory processes, more complicated than methamphetamine, and require some degree of chemistry knowledge...
Yuancheng used an army of young, perky salespeople to peddle illegal chemicals to Americans.
I hope that my doctor doesn't require their patients to bring their own fentanyl.
“Fentanyl is always mixed into something else. So you’re putting a lot of trust in your dealer. If you make a batch with just a little more, then you see overdose increases in spots in city.” So there are a lot of ways in which the use of fentanyl can go wrong.
But it'll take more than a touch to overdose.
The myth that you can, however, is genuinely dangerous.
The staggering increase highlights the shifting dynamics and focus of the opioid crisis, long considered a white, rural issue.
Machines that examine samples of drugs can cost tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars, but experts say they are an increasingly vital tool in stemming overdoses.
People who use fentanyl often don’t know they’re taking it. In general, fentanyl used to cut heroin is not being diverted from medical facilities but comes from clandestine labs often in other countries, synthesizing large quantities of cheap, pure fentanyl. Fentanyl has become an attractive cutting agent, since its increased sedative potency can be perceived as strengthening a batch of heroin.
Drug overdoses have reached record highs. Experts offer tips to talk about opioids with your family.
A new report shows up to half of potent fentanyl prescriptions were given inappropriately.
A bankruptcy judge approved the sale of Insys’s Subsys, with restrictions on how the drug is prescribed.
The diminishing supply should be a victory for public health and law enforcement alike. Instead, in cities like Baltimore, longtime users who managed to survive decades injecting heroin are now at far higher risk of dying from an overdose. That is because synthetic fentanyl, a deadlier drug that is much cheaper to produce and distribute than heroin, has all but replaced it.
The dramatic rise of fentanyl, which can be 50 times stronger than heroin, has been well documented.
While a rise in overdose deaths shows the devastating consequences of the opioid’s spread, less is understood about how the drug has proliferated.
New research suggests that only 5 percent of US drug overdose patients are tested for synthetic opioids, the leading killer of adults under 45, in the emergency room.
Just five years ago, fentanyl was one of the least common drugs to overdose on. Now it's surpassed heroin as the number one.
This false belief about the danger of these drugs seems to stem from several unsubstantiated — though widely disseminated — media reports over the past year.
Fentanyl is quickly becoming America’s deadliest drug. But law enforcement couldn’t trace it to its source — until one teenager overdosed in North Dakota.
The rumors swirling that you can overdose just by touching the powder are untrue, and prevent people from getting the critical help they need.
Teenagers and young adults are turning to Snapchat, TikTok and other social media apps to find Percocet, Xanax and other pills. The vast majority are laced with deadly doses of fentanyl, police say.
A strong prescription pain medicine that contains an opioid (narcotic) that is used to manage pain severe enough to require daily around-the-clock, long-term treatment with an opioid, in people who are already regularly using opioid pain medicine, when other pain treatments such as non-opioid pain medicines or immediate-release opioid medicines do not treat your pain well enough or you cannot tolerate them.