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Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is 50-100 times stronger than morphine.
Fentanyl was originally designed to be a pain medicine for use in hospitals, but what is circulating now is an illicit form. This form of fentanyl is not made in a lab by a professional, it is made by the Mexican cartels. This fentanyl is mixed with other substances to form counterfeit pills. Fentanyl is commonly found in Xanax, OxyContin, Percocet, heroin, methamphetamine, Ecstasy, cocaine, and even Adderall. These pills often none of the actual medicine that they are marketed as. Rather, these pills are made up of fentanyl and other random fillers, and then stamped to look like the marketed drug.
According to the DEA 2 out of every 5 counterfeit pills contain enough fentanyl to kill you. Fentanyl poisoning is now the leading cause of death in the U.S. for 18-24 year olds. Do not think it can’t happen to you. Fentanyl doesn’t discriminate by the color of your skin, your religion, or how much money you have; It kills indiscriminately. If it a drug isn’t prescribed to you and purchased at a pharmacy, you can’t be sure it doesn’t contain fentanyl.