Fentanyl is as described by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “a powerful synthetic opiate analgesic similar to but more potent than morphine. It is typically used to treat patients with severe pain, or to manage pain after surgery. It is also sometimes used to treat people with chronic pain who are physically tolerant to opiates. It is a schedule II prescription drug.
In its prescription form, fentanyl is known as Actiq, Duragesic, and Sublimaze. Street names for the drug include Apache, China girl, China white, dance fever, friend, goodfella, jackpot, murder 8, TNT, as well as Tango and Cash.”
The drug has reached prominence and infamy lately in the deaths of some British Columbians, and is currently seeing a spike across the country and North America as a whole. While drugs like cocaine, meth, alcohol and marijuana are the most commonly cited when it comes to abuse and overdoses, it’s important to remember there’s multiple other substances like this narcotic out there, and education is key. Whether or not something is derived from a prescription medication or made in a laboratory does not make it safer whatsoever, and understanding the risk of any substance, whether illegal or not, is critical.