Teenagers and young adults are turning to Snapchat, TikTok and other social media apps to find Percocet, Xanax and other pills. The vast majority are laced with deadly doses of fentanyl...
Supplies of tainted pills, crudely pressed by Mexican cartels with chemicals from China and India, have escalated commensurately. Fentanyl, faster and cheaper to produce than heroin and 50 times as potent, made for a highly addictive filler.
Fighting to combat the opioid crisis.
"The rise of illicitly manufactured fentanyl has ushered in an overdose crisis in the United States of unprecedented magnitude," the study's authors wrote.
Virtually every corner of the US, from Hawaii to Alaska to Rhode Island, has been touched by fentanyl.
Test strips and naloxone are becoming more and more common on college campuses, and at least one health department has recommended they be added to school packing lists. For students who didn't bring their own, many campuses are handing them out at welcome fairs, orientation events or campus health centers.
More than 100,000 people died from overdoses in a single year – driven primarily by one drug
This deadly synthetic painkiller, up to 50 times as powerful as heroin, presents a new level of peril in America’s opioid crisis.
Suppliers, fearing police crackdown, decide opioid is too high-risk to trade.
Over a hundred times stronger than heroin, Fentanyl offers a high that's hard to come back from.
It’s stronger than heroin and more potent than OxyContin. It’s also cheap, ubiquitous, and incredibly deadly. Inside the rise of fentanyl.
Fentanyl, which looks like heroin, is a powerful synthetic painkiller that has been laced into heroin but is increasingly being sold by itself — often without the user’s knowledge.
Fentanyl and its analogs are appearing across America, making the US’s deadliest drug overdose crisis ever even worse.
Almost half of the nearly 200 U.S. drug overdose deaths every day involve fentanyl.
But it'll take more than a touch to overdose.
Regional drug dealers add the illicit form of fentanyl to the heroin they sell in hopes of restoring the potency of a product that's been diluted by dealers higher up the distribution chain.
Unlike heroin (derived from poppies), cocaine (processed from coca leaves), or methamphetamine (cooked in garage-sized labs), producing fentanyl and its deadlier analogs pretty much requires a graduate degree in illicit chemistry. “They are fairly sophisticated clandestine laboratory processes, more complicated than methamphetamine, and require some degree of chemistry knowledge...
Yuancheng used an army of young, perky salespeople to peddle illegal chemicals to Americans.
I hope that my doctor doesn't require their patients to bring their own fentanyl.
Heroin and cocaine users rely on the strip to see if their drugs have been contaminated with the synthetic opioid, but the practice has encountered opposition.
Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid that is up to 50 times stronger than heroin and 100 times stronger than morphine. Just 2 milligrams of fentanyl, equal to 10 to15 grains of table salt, is considered a lethal dose.
Illegally manufactured fentanyl is found in heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine and in counterfeit pills. As a result, many people may not know they're ingesting fentanyl, leading to an accidental poisoning.
Fentanyl test strips (‘FTS’) are a form of inexpensive drug testing
technology that was originally developed for urinalysis, but which
have been shown to be effective at detecting the presence of
fentanyl and fentanyl-analogs in drug samples prior to ingestion.
But it'll take more than a touch to overdose.
A former fentanyl addict writes about her experiences and the policies she believes will best help others.
Think of them as an essential harm-reduction tool, like condoms.
The staggering increase highlights the shifting dynamics and focus of the opioid crisis, long considered a white, rural issue.
Machines that examine samples of drugs can cost tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars, but experts say they are an increasingly vital tool in stemming overdoses.
Drug overdoses have reached record highs. Experts offer tips to talk about opioids with your family.
A new report shows up to half of potent fentanyl prescriptions were given inappropriately.
A bankruptcy judge approved the sale of Insys’s Subsys, with restrictions on how the drug is prescribed.
The diminishing supply should be a victory for public health and law enforcement alike. Instead, in cities like Baltimore, longtime users who managed to survive decades injecting heroin are now at far higher risk of dying from an overdose. That is because synthetic fentanyl, a deadlier drug that is much cheaper to produce and distribute than heroin, has all but replaced it.
The dramatic rise of fentanyl, which can be 50 times stronger than heroin, has been well documented.
While a rise in overdose deaths shows the devastating consequences of the opioid’s spread, less is understood about how the drug has proliferated.
New research suggests that only 5 percent of US drug overdose patients are tested for synthetic opioids, the leading killer of adults under 45, in the emergency room.
Just five years ago, fentanyl was one of the least common drugs to overdose on. Now it's surpassed heroin as the number one.
This false belief about the danger of these drugs seems to stem from several unsubstantiated — though widely disseminated — media reports over the past year.
Fentanyl is quickly becoming America’s deadliest drug. But law enforcement couldn’t trace it to its source — until one teenager overdosed in North Dakota.
From porches and shacks within their remote strongholds, Mexico’s Sinaloa and Jalisco cartels maintain a network of laboratories to make fentanyl, which is killing more Americans than ever. They import chemicals from China to mix in the labs for export across the porous U.S. border.
In just a few years, illicit fentanyl has pushed America’s drug fatalities to a record, reaching into every corner and demographic group in the country.
The rumors swirling that you can overdose just by touching the powder are untrue, and prevent people from getting the critical help they need.
Teenagers and young adults are turning to Snapchat, TikTok and other social media apps to find Percocet, Xanax and other pills. The vast majority are laced with deadly doses of fentanyl, police say.