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Facts About Fentanyl Education Campaign
>>>WHAT IS THE ORIGIN OF FENTANYL?
Pharmaceutical fentanyl was created in the 1950’s as a surgical anesthetic and is used today to treat patients with chronic severe pain or extreme pain post- surgery. It is 50 to 100 times more potent than other opioids like morphine or oxycodone. Medical fentanyl comes in many forms, including skin patches, lozenges, or liquid like nasal sprays. With appropriate use as prescribed by a provider, fentanyl is safe and effective for pain relief.
Synthetic fentanyl is made in illegal labs and smuggled into the U.S. primarily through Mexico. It is mixed into other illegal drugs such as heroin, methamphetamine, and cocaine to increase the potency. Sometimes the drug is pressed into pills and made to look like legitimate prescription opioids.
>>>WHY IS SYNTHETIC FENTANYL SO DEADLY?
>>>WHAT ARE SIGNS OF FENTANYL POISONING?
>>>SHOULD PARENTS BE WORRIED ABOUT FENTANYL LACED CANDY SHOWING UP IN THEIR KID’s TRICK-OR-TREAT BAGS?
According to the DEA, no. There are many alarming posts on social media about rainbow fentanyl being found in packages of candy and toys. Experts say the tactic is a way for drug cartels to attempt to smuggle the drugs across the border undetected. The shipments are meant to go to drug traffickers who sell the stuff for big bucks. Children are not the target. Drug smugglers have historically gone to great lengths to hide their stash, from coconuts stuffed with marijuana to asparagus cans filled with cocaine.
However, law enforcement, as they do every year, suggests children should not dig into their bounty until an adult has inspected it to make sure the sweets are safe. If anything suspicious is found, parents should secure it, and notify the police.
>>>WHAT SHOULD YOU DO IF YOU SUSPECT A LOVED ONE IS USING DRUGS THAT COULD BE MIXED WITH FENTANYL?
If you are concerned about yourself or a loved one, Any Lab Test Now® has expanded its drug screening options to include advanced testing for fentanyl. These tests are recommended for those who are concerned about suspected abuse or misuse of drugs by a friend or family member, including teenagers. Individuals who think they may have been unknowingly given a drug should also consider these tests.
Testing at Any Lab Test Now is always confidential. You own the results and no one else will see them.
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