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What Is Fentanyl?

What Is Fentanyl?

Fentanyl is a powerful opiate prescribed for pain management

Fentanyl is a powerful opiate prescribed for pain management. It should never be a first approach to pain management, as it is much stronger than morphine and other opiates. It is often used only when San Diego residents become tolerant to less potent painkillers, or when they experience such levels of pain that alternative therapies and medications do not work. It works like other opiates, by binding to receptors and changing how the brain perceives pain, but it does so to a greater degree than related drugs, and it is up to 100 times stronger than morphine. Because of its strength, fentanyl is a dangerous drug, although it can play important medical roles if taken as prescribed. When abused by itself or used in conjunction with other drugs such as cocaine or heroin, overdose and death are real possibilities.

Morphine and oxycodone are more exoteric prescription painkillers, but fentanyl is becoming increasingly popular due to its strength and effectiveness. Some brand name products that contain fentanyl include the following examples:

  • Actiq
  • Abstral
  • Duragesic
  • Fentora
  • Ionsys
  • Onsolis
  • Lazanda
  • Sublimaze
  • Subsys

San Diego drug users may refer to fentanyl by any of the following street names:

  • Apache
  • China girl
  • China white
  • Dance fever
  • Friend
  • Goodfella
  • Jackpot
  • Murder 8
  • TNT
  • Tango
  • Cash

Although fentanyl may be considered a “friend” to recreational drug users, it is anything but. It does not have to be abused intentionally to cause addiction or other serious health problems. In fact, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) shares that “Those having contact with patients using fentanyl patches—including children, adults, and pets—are vulnerable to a fentanyl overdose when accidentally exposed to a patch…A risk remains even after the patch is worn by the patient for three days because a used patch retains more than 50 percent of the fentanyl” (“Fentanyl Patch Can Be Deadly to Children,” September 2013). San Diego drug users put themselves and their loved ones at risk when they abuse this powerful, dangerous substance. More to the point, over 12 children have died as a result of accidental exposure in the past 5 years, and many more have died through intentional abuse.

Help for San Diego Fentanyl Addicts

Professional help supports individual and family efforts at addiction recovery. Getting clean and ending fentanyl abuse protects personal health and the safety of San Diego loved ones. Our admissions coordinators are available 24 hours a day at a toll-free helpline, and they can connect you with resources for addiction recovery and pain management. Integrated and holistic treatment supports long-term recovery, and our staff can connect you to the right resources for your unique needs. All phone services are confidential, so call now for instant support.