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Fentanyl is a synthetic drug making its way into all kinds of other drugs.

Fentanyl is showing up in cocaine, heroin, marijuana, PCP, and other street drugs — causing overdoses and deaths. If you use drugs, you may be at risk for taking fentanyl without even knowing it.

Lethal doses of Carfentanil and Fentanyl in relation to a Lethal Dose of Heroin (Credit: DEA)

Fentanyl facts:

  • Fentanyl is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine.
  • Synthetic fentanyl is sold illegally as a powder, dropped onto blotter paper, put in eye droppers and nasal sprays, or made into pills that look like other prescription opioids.
  • Drug dealers are mixing fentanyl with other drugs, making them cheaper but more dangerous.
  • The high potency of fentanyl increases your risk of overdose especially if you don’t know if you took it
  • You can’t see or smell fentanyl.
  • Even a trace could kill you.