Fentanyl is a very fast acting synthetic opioid, and is about 100 times stronger than morphine and 50 times stronger than heroin! This drug has been around since 1963 where it was used as an anaesthetic supplement. These days it is used by doctors and hospitals to treat a variety of pain conditions.

There has been a massive increase in users in the last 5 years in North America, England, and Australia. Most of the fentanyl on the streets however are illicitly prepared pills most likely from China.

Just like most drugs that give a feeling of euphoria, it releases a huge amount of dopamine (the happy feeling hormone) in the brain and reinforces the need to have that rewarding experience again, leading to a downward spiral effect.

Symptoms include vomiting, dizziness, fainting, difficulty urinating, and just like any opiod extreme constipation.

The statistics show that close to 1% of fentanyl abusers will die because of how the body builds up immunity to the drug. An overdose occurs because part of the brain that tells the lungs to breath switches off, by suppressing the brains ability to detect co2 levels in the body.

Pills go for around $20 in America, and 1kg of fentanyl is $1200 and can produce around one million pills. So there’s significant profits to be made through dealing. Another frightening fact is because it is so strong, drug dealers don’t need a huge amount in stock to traffic around, which is a huge attraction to dealers.

These days fentanyl is used in hospitals as patches to treat pain in cancer patients. People have been seen abusing these patches in hospitals in Australia.

Oz Drug Tests are looking into supplying drug tests to detect fentanyl in urine. Seeing as though we have bee experiencing a higher demand. We will be adding the parameter to a multi panel dip card. We will not be supplying a single strip as this can be problematic due to heroin users, using the tests to detect fentanyl in their drugs.

Please let us know your thoughts on this drug and any of your experiences.

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