What Parents Of Teenagers Need To Know About Fentanyl
By : Debbie L. Sklar
Source : Times Of San Diego
An alarming trend has public health officials and parents alike concerned as a nationwide increase in teen fentanyl overdoses paints a troubling picture.
In a new warning issued by the Rocky Mountain Poison Center, the agency encouraged parents to remain alert after several teens in the area overdosed while trying to vaporize liquid fentanyl.
Fentanyl—a synthetic opioid used medicinally for pain management—is one of the strongest opiates available, often with a potency “80-100 times stronger than morphine.”
As a substance, fentanyl is typically powdered or pressed into pills. Fentanyl is quickly becoming an additive of choice for illicit drugs like counterfeit pharmaceutical pills and narcotics like meth and cocaine.