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Why is Fentanyl Abused?
Fentanyl is a prescription drug commonly used as a pain medication for common aches and pains. It can also be used to help treat pain after surgery or sometimes used to treat chronic pain. Many times unfortunately, this drug is widely abused. Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opiate analgestic similar to morphine. However, it is a much more potent drug than morphine is.
What is Fentanyl?
What treatment can help Fentanyl addiction?
Treatment for fentanyl should happen immediately after you realize you are addicted. Doctors may pump the user's stomach to rid the most of the drug from their system or the addict would have to go to rehab to stay off the drug for a while, which will prevent more damage of the drug.
What does Abuse of Fentanyl Lead to?
Most overdoses from fentanyl occur because it is commonly used with heroin. By adding the powdered heroin the effects are even greater. Fentanyl alters a person's brain so it is harder to quit the drug. It is extremely important to recognize the warning signs so that you can help a fentanyl user before a fatal overdose occurs. These signs include:
Nausea or Vomiting
A false sense of well being
Fainting upon quick movements
Don't Do Drugs!
Fentanyl is commonly abused because of the small amounts of powdered heroin or cocaine that are mixed into the drug in order to increase the effect of the painkiller. Because of the increase in heroin and other drugs, fentanyl is more addictive. Most people dont know how strong fentanyl is. It creates a sense of euphoria, or a "high" feeling that relaxes the user. This is caused by the drug binding with the opiate receptors within the brain.
By: Stevie Paige Martin, Mila Hirsch, and Jeannet Vargas
Is Fentanyl Deadly?
Yes, when abused, fentanyl has led to many deaths. The drug supresses a person's breathing until they just nod off in a deadly sleep. Many times, consumers of the product are not aware of the deadly heroin it contains. Unfortunately, fentanyl is usually 50 to 100 times stronger than heroin, which increases the possibility of death.
What are Other Street Names for Fentanyl?
Fentanyl is also called :