Law enforcement, prosecutors and lawmakers in New Jersey, New York and elsewhere face a new obstacle in the battle against prescription drug abuse. According to a recent statement issued by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the use of fentanyl is contributing to the rise in drug overdose deaths throughout the United States.
Fentanyl is an extremely powerful, and extremely deadly, prescription opioid that more and more people are using in order to get quicker, easier highs. Fentanyl is said to be as much as 50 times more potent than heroin and 100 times more potent than an opioid pain medication like morphine.
Fentanyl is Cheap and Relatively Easy to Acquire
Fentanyl is different from other drugs – even other prescription opioids – because it is relatively cheap. Since fentanyl is so potent, it requires a much lower dosage for the user to get high – or to suffer a lethal overdose.
Fentanyl is a synthetic drug that has become easier and easier for illicit drug distributors to manufacture in recent years. According to drug experts, fentanyl is often made in China and then moved illegally to the United States.
Dr. Lewis Nelson, a medical toxicologist and emergency physician at NYU’s School of Medicine, said that the ease with which drug dealers can transport fentanyl could soon lead to U.S. streets being flooded with the dangerous drug. The high potency of fentanyl, noted Nelson, means that illegal drug dealers can move much larger amounts of the drug across the border.
For more information about the rise in fentanyl abuse in the U.S., see the Forbes.com article, “Why Fentanyl Is So Much More Deadly than Heroin.”
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