Fentanyl is everywhere. From metropolitan areas to rural America, no community is safe from this opioid. In fact, fentanyl is involved in more deaths of Americans under 50 than any other cause of death. This includes heart disease, cancer, homicide, suicide, and other accidents.
Fentanyl is a powerful opioid that's up to 100 times stronger than morphine. When used in hospitals, it can be an effective way to manage pain after surgery. However, illegally manufactured fentanyl has flooded the underground drug market.
It is now found in everything from heroin and cocaine to fake prescription pills like Xanax and Adderall. In one study, the FDA found 60% of counterfeit pills that have fentanyl in them contain a lethal dose.
This is especially dangerous because fentnayl cannot be seen, tasted, or smelled. Many people who overdose have no idea they're even taking fentanyl.
Get the facts
Learn why fentanyl is so dangerous.
Who's at risk?
Access to counterfeit pills is easier than you think. Here's what you need to know to protect yourself and your loved ones.
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Protecting your loved ones
Learn how to protect those in your life from deadly fentanyl exposure.
How can I protect myself and my loved ones?
Naloxone, also known as Narcan, can reverse an opioid overdose and restart breathing within three minutes. Keeping a dose on hand can save a life and help protect the people you love.
In some states, pharmacists are allowed to dispense naloxone without a prescription. To find out how you can get naloxone, use the resources below:
Fentanyl test strips
Fentanyl test strips (FTS) can help you find out if fentanyl is in drugs. They're easy to use, and results appear within 2-5 minutes. See how to use FTS.
Each test strip costs about a dollar. They are often available for free at local health departments and community-based organizations. They can also be purchased online at dancesafe.org, bunkpolice.com, and even amazon.com.
Test strips are not 100% accurate. Drugs may still contain fentanyl even if you receive a negative result. This is why you should carry naloxone and never consume drugs alone.
Note: Test strips are considered drug paraphernalia – or items used to do drugs – and are illegal. Contact your state health department for details on the laws in your state.