Fentanyl is powerful narcotic pain medication similar to but more potent than morphine. Fentanyl is an opioid-based drug and is typically used for the treatment of patients with severe pain or “breakthrough” cancer pain that cannot be controlled by other medications. Fentanyl works in the body by blocking pain receptors and inducing feelings of relaxation and euphoria by increasing dopamine levels in the brain.
In prescription form, Fentanyl is usually administered in a lozenge form, injection, or transdermal patch. However, when used for recreational purposes, Fentanyl is typically mixed with street-sold cocaine or heroin in attempt to amplify the potency of the mixed drug. When sold on the black market, Fentanyl patches may be cut and eaten or the gel from the inside of the patch smoked.
These are possible physical effects that may result from a Fentanyl addiction:
- Respiratory depression
- Weakened immunity
- Gastrointestinal distress
- Unconsciousness or sedation
The following are some psychological effects that may result from the abuse of Fentanyl:
- Increased possibility of developing depression
- Risk of anxiety or paranoia attacks
- Personality shifts or mood disorders
- Delusions or Hallucinations
Fentanyl is also known as:
- China White
- Dance Fever
- Murder 8