fentanyl pills | Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is up to 50 times stronger than heroin and 100 times stronger than morphine. It comes in two forms – prescription and illegally-made. Illegally-Made fentanyl (IMF) is driving much of the increase in overdoses seen in Minnesota and across the county in recent years. The content on this page refers to illegally-made Fentanyl.
Why is fentanyl so dangerous?
Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is 50 times stronger than heroin and 100 times stronger than morphine, Fentanyl is the primary reason that opioid overdoses are increasing. Due to its strength, only a very small amount, just a few grains, can be deadly. Many people who inject fentanyl are injecting more often than when they were using heroin. This gives a person a higher chance of getting an infection such as HIV or Hepatitis C.
Fentanyl is widely available and often added to other drugs such as heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamine. Fentanyl is added to other substances so that companies make more money. This can harm consumers who might not be aware of the presence of Fentanyl. Oftentimes, people who use drugs may not be aware that fentanyl is in the substances they are using. Fentanyl can be identified by lab texts or by the public using fentanyl test strips (PDF) which are available to the public in Minnesota.
Naloxone can be used to reverse an overdose caused by fentanyl, but many doses may be needed.