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Fentanyl 101: What everyone should know

Over the last decade, the conversation of the opioid epidemic has changed to include fentanyl. According to the CDC, the rate of fentanyl overdoses in 2020 was 18 times higher than in 2013. Fentanyl currently accounts for the vast majority of all opioid overdoses and almost 70% of all drug overdose deaths. Its impact on overdose deaths and prevalence in street drugs other than opioids (i.e., stimulants) has led many in the field to refer to fentanyl as the Fourth Wave of the Opioid Epidemic.

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 Fentanyl 101: What everyone should know

Fentanyl is a highly potent synthetic opioid that is used to treat severe pain and is primarily administered in hospitals following surgery; it is 50 times more potent than heroin.

Fentanyl High

“Fentanyl High is an important film. Made by students for students, it conveys important messages about the new drug landscape in terms young people can understand.” ED TERNAN, SONG FOR CHARLIE

Fentanyl Analogs

Fentanyl analogs are illicit—and often deadly—alterations of the medically prescribed drug fentanyl. The analogs have similar—but not the same—chemical structure, and they mimic the pharmacological effects of the original drug.


Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is up to 50 times stronger than heroin and 100 times stronger than morphine. It is a major contributor to fatal and nonfatal overdoses in the U.S. There are two types of fentanyl: pharmaceutical fentanyl and illegally made fentanyl. Both are considered synthetic opioids. Pharmaceutical fentanyl is prescribed by doctors to treat severe pain, especially after surgery and for advanced-stage cancer.

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