Drug Addiction : What is Fentanyl

The Dangers Of Fentanyl

When prescribed by a medical expert, fentanyl can be taken orally using lozenges, through a transdermal patch, or via an injection. It binds to the brain’s opioid receptors and it stays there for quite a long period time (when compared to other painkilling medications). Whilst it’s in effect, it relieves pain and it can even alter emotions.

This narcotic relaxes the brain and body of those who use or abuse Fentanyl, and this is because it’s a central nervous system depressant.

What does Fentanyl do?

When it’s taken, the user is likely to feel joy and relaxation. However, they may also feel sleepy, nauseas, depressed, confused, constipated and their inhibitions may also be lowered (which means that they might be more likely to take risks that they wouldn’t have done whilst not intoxicated), too.

The brain’s opioid receptors control a person’s breathing rate as well as their pain tolerance.  This means that, if they have an overdose of fantanyl or other painkiller drugs, it can cause them to stop breathing – and that can lead to a coma or even death.

It’s also possible for a person to have an accidental overdose when they have been prescribed fentanyl, but the chance of an overdose occurring is much more likely in those who are addicted to this drug, especially when heroin is being illegally sold as this substance. This is why drug rehabs are now having to deal with multiple cases of detoxing and rehabilitation from serious addiction with this drug

Fentanyl has now become a national problem in the USA:


The Justice Department has arrested one of the biggest sellers of drugs on the dark web and moved to bar two Ohio doctors from prescribing medications, part of a sprawling effort to prosecute drug cases amid the nation’s opioid epidemic.

It is one of several arrests, charges and guilty pleas involving illicit and prescription drugs announced in Cleveland on Wednesday, as Attorney General Jeff Sessions is moving aggressively against those who distribute illicit drugs and illegally prescribe legal ones.

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“Today’s announcements are a warning to every trafficker, every crooked doctor or pharmacist, and every drug company, every chairman and foreign national and company that puts greed before the lives and health of the American people: this Justice Department will use civil and criminal penalties alike, and we will find you, put you in jail, or make you pay,” Sessions said.

From https://www.washingtonpost.com/

Read more at: https://www.hhs.gov/opioids/