What is Fentanyl Explained by Our Fentanyl Detox Centers San Diego Staff?
Harmony Grove Recovery drug and alcohol detox centers San Diego staff felt the need to educate on this drug that is causing many deaths in the US. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid pain reliever, approved for treating severe pain, typically advanced cancer pain. It is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine. It is prescribed in the form of transdermal patches or lozenges and can also be diverted for misuse and abuse in the United States.
Non-pharmaceutical fentanyl is sold in the following forms: as a powder; spiked on blotter paper; mixed with or substituted for heroin; or as tablets that mimic other less potent opioids. Because of its powerful opioid properties, Fentanyl is also diverted for abuse. Fentanyl overdoses are prevalent because a small amount can cause a lethal effect.