Is Fentanyl an Opiate?
Yes! Fentanyl is a narcotic, and is typically only prescribed in an emergency setting. The substance is as addictive as other opiates and narcotic drugs, and should not be relied upon without dire necessity.
Fentanyl’s opiate potency is 100 times stronger than morphine, according to the DEA. Recently fentanyl has been laced into hits of heroin, and is causing nationwide opiate overdoses, which often result in death. Although fentanyl can be prescribed by a medical professional, the chances of abusing the substance are high.
What Is Fentanyl?
Fentanyl is a heavy-duty opiate pain reliever, often referred to as a narcotic. Fentanyl is the generic version of Duragesic, which is used to treat severe and chronic pain, persisting around the clock. Fentanyl is often a last resort and is typically prescribed to people who already have a tolerance to opiates because the substance is so potent. fentanyl can be prescribed in combination with other opiates- but mixing fentanyl with other opiate drugs recreationally puts one at risk for immediate overdose, which is often fatal.
Those who are actively using fentanyl, because they have been prescribed the drug, are under 24 hour medical monitoring. Fentanyl works by blocking opiate receptors, blocking pain signals to the brain, and thereby depresses the central nervous system (the factor responsible for overdose when inundated with opiate based substances).
Is Fentanyl Addictive?
Yes, very much so. Because fentanyl is an opiate, one’s chances for abusing the substance is much higher, as opposed to other substances which do not affect the neurotransmitters in the brain. Fentanyl can become addictive, even when used as prescribed, which is why the drug is not often prescribed, and requires full medical monitoring. The opiate based painkiller is intended to usher patients with serious injuries and painful conditions out of danger, but it is not meant to be an everlasting medication prescribed- although sometimes it is.
Fentanyl produces the symptoms of withdrawal when use is stopped, which inclines addiction- not necessarily for its euphoric effects, but for the sake of staving off the symptoms of withdrawal. Although some swear by the substance, they do so at the risk of developing a chronic substance use disorder, which can cause permanent brain damage to the neurotransmitters responsible for internal mood management, and the development of several mood disorders.
How Is Fentanyl Abused?
Alike many other opiate based substances, fentanyl may may be taken intravenously, in pill form, or tablets. The substance is intended to release over hours at a time, but some users crush pills and tablets to snort the substance to achieve intoxication faster. IV useage also achieves this end, and increases the chances of contracting AIDS and Hepatitis C.
Is Fentanyl Illegal?
Yes, but no. Fentanyl is prescribed by doctors to patients in need of chronic pain management, but there is a large market for illegal drugs which includes the illicit sale of fentanyl. It is illegal to share your prescription with others, even if they are experiencing pain, and it is certainly illegal to sell your prescription to others- even if they say they need it.
Fentanyl and Hospital Staffs
Recently light has been shed on addicted hospital staff members who jump from hospital to hospital, job to job, in order to have a steady supply of the perilously addictive substance.
Street Names of Fentanyl
- China Girl
- China Town
- China White
- Dance Fever
- Great Bear
- Murder 8
- Tango & Cash