I am involved with several social media groups that are for those with chronic pain, have a pain pump and more. In thee groups the topic of the medications being used has come up often. I am going to run several post, each with a brief look into a different medication. I have an internal pain pump to treat my chronic back pain of some 27+ years. The medication it uses is Fentanyl so that’s where I’ll start.
What is it?
Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is 80-100 times stronger than morphine. Pharmaceutical fentanyl was developed for pain management treatment of cancer patients, applied in a patch on the skin. Because of its powerful opioid properties, Fentanyl is also diverted for abuse. Fentanyl is added to heroin to increase its potency, or be disguised as highly potent heroin. Many users believe that they are purchasing heroin and actually don’t know that they are purchasing fentanyl – which often results in overdose deaths. Clandestinely-produced fentanyl is primarily manufactured in Mexico.
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How is it used?
• Intense, short-term high
• Temporary feelings of euphoria
• Slowed respiration and reduced blood pressure
For information on various drugs from fentanyl to morphine and more go to the following Drug Enforcement Agency Guide:
DRUGS OF ABUSE, A DEA RESOURCE GUIDE
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Link to original article: https://www.dea.gov/factsheets/fentanyl