Fentanyl is 80 to 100 times stronger than morphine.
In 2017, fentanyl and other synthetic opioids took over the number one spot for leading cause of drug overdose deaths in the U.S.
Fentanyl is an opioid medication that is used as part of anesthesia to help prevent pain after surgery or other medical procedure.
In the healthcare setting, a trained professional administers fentanyl via IV injection during a surgical procedure to control pain. A person on fentanyl must be closely monitored as this substance can slow breathing or cause allergic reaction.
Fentanyl is the generic name for the injectable drug (the brand name is Sublimaze). According to Drugs.com, the brand names of other fentanyl dosage forms include: Abstral (sublingual tablet), Actiq (lozenge or "lollipop"), Duragesic (transdermal patch), Fentora (buccal tablet), Ionsys (transdermal device), Lazanda (nasal spray) and Subsys (sublingual spray).
Growing in popularity as a drug sometimes mixed with cocaine or heroin, fentanyl is one of the most lethal opioids on the street today. It is 50 times more lethal than heroin and has been inundating this country’s illegal drug trade. It is so deadly that some states use this drug as part of its lethal injection for inmates facing the death penalty. Additionally, even a dusting of the substance can be fatal and accidental exposure can even cause death.