Fentanyl is a synthetic opiate narcotic, a prescription drug used primarily for cancer patients in severe pain. Heroin, cocaine, oxycodone and other drugs can be cut with fentanyl, in powder, liquid or pill form. It often comes in similar packaging.
Someone may have overdosed if they:
Other signs of overdose include:
Doctors, nurse practitioners and dentists prescribe opioids to treat moderate to server pain. You should only use medication that is prescribed to you by your healthcare provider
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It's particularly easy to start using opioids at a higher dose than you were prescribed because, in addition to relieving pain, they can cause a euphoric (high) feeling - eventually this can lead to addiction.
Some signs that you or someone you know might be addicted include:
You are at risk of an opioid overdose if you:
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