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Fentanyl and similar compounds like carfentanil are powerful synthetic opioids 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine. Medically, it is used to treat severe pain or to manage pain after surgery. Fentanyl is sometimes used to treat patients with chronic pain who are physically tolerant to other opioids.
Prescription fentanyl is available as a schedule II prescription drug under such names as Actiq®, Duragesic®, and Sublimaze® in the form of tablets, an injectable liquid, lozenges and transdermal patches.
Along with other similarly potent synthetic opioids, fentanyl also shows up in illicit forms as a powder, spiked on blotter paper, mixed with or substituted for heroin and other street drugs, and carries a high risk of overdose and fatality. According to the CDC, the death rate of synthetic opioids like fentanyl increased by 72.2% from 2014 to 2015.
If you suspect your child or a loved one is struggling with opioid use or addiction explore the following resources.