What is Fentanyl?
Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid similar to morphine, however, it is 50 to 100 times stronger. It is used medically to treat people with severe pain during or after extremely painful procedures, or chronic pain. However, fentanyl has recently become a major part of the illegal opioid epidemic in the United States. Pure fentanyl is usually in the form of white powder or in grains similar to grains of salt. Even the smallest amount of fentanyl is dangerous not only to the user but also to the law enforcement agents who encounter the drug. In fact, two milligrams, about a few salt sized grains, is considered lethal.
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What are the types of Fentanyl?
When fentanyl is used for medical reasons it is most often administered in the form of an injection, transdermal patches, or lozenges.
There are many other ways in which a person can use fentanyl illegally. Illegal fentanyl comes in powder, spiked on blotter paper, mixed with heroin, substituted for heroin, or in tablets that resemble other drugs. Fentanyl can be swallowed, snorted, or injected.
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What are the effects of Fentanyl?
Fentanyl works like morphine and heroin because it blocks the body’s opioid receptors, which control pain and emotion. The effects of fentanyl include euphoria, drowsiness, nausea, confusion, constipation, sedation, tolerance, addiction, respiratory depression and arrest, unconsciousness, coma, and death.
Is Fentanyl a problem near me?
Fentanyl is a major problem throughout all of Pennsylvania. According to Chester County statistics, fentanyl was present in almost 72% of deaths caused by drug overdose in 2017. In 2016 this number was 43%. The use of fentanyl has increased greatly in recent years. Recently, fentanyl has increasingly become more available throughout Pennsylvania.
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What can I do?
If you have questions about Fentanyl and the laws surrounding this opioid, please contact our reliable law team. The experienced attorney’s at The Law Office of Vincent J. Caputo are ready to help you.