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Have you ever heard of a drug so dangerous that a dose the size of a few grains of salt can be fatal? With drug-overdose deaths on the rise, many people point their finger at heroin as the cause. Recent discoveries show that there may be another deadly drug wreaking havoc across the country. The culprit is fentanyl, a prescription painkiller significantly more powerful than heroin and morphine. The real danger is that unsuspecting addicts are abusing fentanyl thinking it is heroin, with fatal results. Cheap, addictive, and dangerous, fentanyl is the deadliest drug you've probably never even heard of.

What is Fentanyl?

A lethal cousin to heroin, fentanyl is alleged to be 50 times more powerful than heroin and over 100 times more powerful morphine. It is a synthetic painkiller that has been around for forty years but has just recently become a popular choice for drug dealers and drug addicts. In 2015, doctors wrote over 6.6 million legal fentanyl prescriptions in the U.S, although these prescriptions are not the main concern for addiction professionals. The danger with fentanyl is that it looks exactly like heroin yet is substantially more dangerous.

Fentanyl doses are extremely small (Pictured Above)

Previously an uncommon street drug, international drug manufacturers are producing fentanyl at an alarming rate for cheap prices. It is becoming cheaper for drug dealers to sell fentanyl than heroin and they are increasingly mixing the two drugs to cut costs. Just how popular has fentanyl become? “For the cartels, it’s their drug of choice,” Maura Healey, the Attorney General of Massachusetts said, “They have figured out a way to make fentanyl more cheaply and easily than heroin and are manufacturing it at a record pace.” This statement is backed up by the huge spread of fentanyl seizures and drug busts in recent years. Nationally, the total number of fentanyl drug seizures spiked from 618 in 2012 to 4,500 in 2014, an 800 percent increase.

Some of the states most affected include: Ohio, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Florida. In one seizure last year, law enforcement officers in Lawrence, Massachusetts confiscated 33 pounds of fentanyl and heroin with a street value of $2.2 million. In January, the police seized 66 pounds of fentanyl-laced heroin, worth millions, in another Massachusetts city.


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