Learn the Fentanyl Facts
Insights from the Rx and Illicit Drug Summit
Powerful, Potent, Deadly
From the national organization that organized May 9, 2023 Fentanyl Awareness Day, "Illicitly manufactured fentanyl and its dangers, while well-documented by health professionals and law enforcement, are largely unknown to the general population and even more so to its most vulnerable population: youth and young adults. According to the CDC, fentanyl is involved in more deaths of Americans under 50 than any other cause of death, including heart disease, cancer, and all other accidents. Among teenagers, overdose deaths linked to synthetic opioids like fentanyl tripled in the past two years, yet 73% have never heard of fake prescription pills being made with fentanyl."
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It is important for people to know about the risks of fentanyl because it is a highly potent synthetic opioid that is extremely dangerous. Fentanyl is estimated to be 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine and even a small amount can cause an overdose or death. Fentanyl is often mixed with other drugs, such as heroin or cocaine, and can be difficult to detect. It is also sometimes sold as counterfeit pills or mixed into other drugs without the user's knowledge. Due to the potency of fentanyl and its prevalence in the illicit drug market, it has become a leading cause of drug overdose deaths in many countries, including the United States and Canada. Education and awareness about the risks of fentanyl are crucial in preventing overdose deaths and reducing the harm associated with drug use.