14 October 2016| by: Kevin Trieu
By now, most people are aware of the terrible Opioid/ Heroin epidemic that is hurting the country. Thousands of people have died because of this epidemic over the past few years, but now, drug suppliers are adding something even more deadly and potent into their already deadly concoction: fentanyl.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), “Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid analgesic that is similar to morphine but is 50 to 100 times more potent.” Cheaply made and even more potent than heroin, Drug dealers have been sneaking in Fentanyl from China and selling it as heroin. Users, thinking that they have a normal amount of heroin that they would usually take, end up overdosing and dying because of it. There are also stories of people unknowingly consuming Heroin mixed with Fentanyl which is also a deadly combination.
With massive profits to be had, it does not seem to be a time where dealers will stop trying to bring in this dangerous substance. Scarily enough, an even more powerful drug, Carfentanil, used popularly in elephant tranquilizer, has started popping up in the United States and is 100 times more powerful than Fentanyl.
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