Fentanyl is a synthetic opiate pain relief drug most often prescribed for severe pain or injury. It works really quickly to ease the pain and is commonly prescribed to patients who have undergone surgery. Like other prescription opioids, fentanyl can have strong addictive tendencies.

Fentanyl Abuse

entanyl is considered more potent than heroin and as much as 100 times more potent than morphine. The user may experience a feeling of euphoria and tranquility and may attempt to revisit that feeling, leading to its abuse. Fentanyl abuse has been a growing problem in the US due to its highly addictive nature. According to the DEA, there were more than 1000 deaths in the U.S between 2005 and 2007 due to fentanyl abuse. Since it is easily accessible to nurses and anesthesiologists in hospitals, they are more likely to abuse fentanyl than the general public.

Fentanyl Addiction

Due to its addictive nature, it is not prescribed to teens, but they can still get their hands on it from other family members or ‘friendly’ neighbors. Fentanyl sold on the streets is usually mixed with other high potency and dangerous drugs such as cocaine and heroin, which makes their use even more harmful and potentially life threatening. Some common symptoms of fentanyl abuse include confusion, depression, muscle stiffness, muscle weakness, dizziness, unconsciousness, nausea, weight loss, incoherent speech and dilated pupils.


Other Names for Fentanyl

The following list includes names used for fentanyl:

  • Apache: Apache is one of the many common street slang terms used for fentanyl.
  • Jackpot: The deadly mixture of heroin and fentanyl is referred to as a “Tango & Cash.” This is a reference to the 1989 action movie “Tango & Cash.”
  • China White: Fentanyl, when mixed with heroin, gives rise to a very potent drug known on the street as “China White” due to its white color.
  • Dance Fever: The use of fentanyl enables a person to do things that they normally wouldn’t, such as uncontrolled dancing without any shame or fear, kind of like a ‘fever.’
  • Friend: Because fentanyl provides a sense of calmness and tranquility to the user, a person might develop a false sense of ‘friendship’ or attachment to the drug. This is probably why the street slang “Friend” was coined.
  • Goodfella: This is a popular street and Internet slang term used for fentanyl probably named after the famous 1990 crime movie, Goodfellas.
  • China Girl: This is another commonly used street slang term for recreational fentanyl.
  • TNT: Another street slang term used for fentanyl to avoid any unwanted attention.

If abused over an extended period of time, fentanyl can cause serious physical and psychological harms. Such harmful effects that fentanyl can cause include weakened immune system, breathing problems, seizures, paranoia, frequent mood changes and life-threatening effects such as respiratory dress, coma, and even death. If you or a loved one have been struggling with an addiction, please contact IntoTreatment today.

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