Fentanyl is the new kid on the block in the world of opiates, and it packs a potent and deadly punch. A favorite additive among drug manufacturers and distributors, this synthetic painkiller was originally developed to treat cases of extreme chronic pain due to cancer and other terminal illnesses. Despite these good intentions, fentanyl has gone on to become a blockbuster illicit substance, contributing to the rise in overdose deaths across the country.
Fentanyl is a member of the opiate class of narcotics, but it far outstrips the effectiveness of other substances in this class. Fentanyl is anywhere from 80-100 times more powerful than morphine, which is why it is so attractive to drug dealers and distributors across the globe. By adding a minuscule amount of fentanyl to a batch of heroin or cocaine, the potency and addictive potential are dramatically increased. This translates to repeat customers and an increase in market share, as word gets out about the “fire” product this particular dealer is pushing. Sadly, it also translates to an increase in deaths since the difference between a great high and fatal overdose