Fentanyl Powder is a powerful pain medication. It is an opioid, like morphine, codeine, oxycodone (oxys) and methadone.
Also most often prescribed as a slow-release patch to people with long-term, severe pain. When used in this way, it can be very effective and safe.
In addition, much stronger than most other opioids—up to 100 times stronger than morphine—and very dangerous if misused. Even a small amount can cause an overdose and death.
Street fentanyl comes from illegal drug labs
What does it look like?
Produced illegally as a powder in Canada by most streets. Street fentanyl may be swallowed, smoked, snorted or injected. Also released from prescription patches by smoking or chewing.
Best sold as a powder or a pill, or cut into (mixed with) drugs such as heroin or cocaine. This type of fentanyl is usually sold as another substance, so people swallow, snort or inject it without realizing. Many overdoses have occurred because people did not know that what they were taking was contaminated with fentanyl.
If you or someone you know uses opioids, a good idea to have a free naloxone kit. Naloxone – a medication that can temporarily reverse the effects of an opioid overdose and allow time for medical help to arrive.
How does it make you feel?
When used properly to treat pain, opioids reduce pain and the emotional response to pain. However, when misused, they may produce:
- Euphoria, Drowsiness, Relaxation, Difficulty Concentrating, Constricted Pupils, Slowed Breathing, Nausea. Also vomiting, constipation, loss of appetite and sweating.
- When someone overdoses on fentanyl, they first become sleepy, and it is hard to wake them. Their breathing becomes slow and shallow. They may snore, and they may pass out.