As the opioid crises continues to rise, so does the use of Fentanyl. It started grow in popularity when oxycontin started to phase out of the market.
Fentanyl is a highly addictive synthetic opioid pain medicine. It is a schedule II prescription drug typically used to treat cancer patients or patients with severe pain. It is considered to be one hundred times stronger than morphine.
It’s usually given to people that are “opiate tolerant.” Over time tolerance builds up to opiate pain pills to the extent that they are no longer working. Patients then switch to Fentanyl.
Fentanyl is the strongest opioid on the market. Drug dealers will often cut heroin with Fentanyl to increase the potency. This mixture of Heroin and Fentanyl makes the chances of a potential overdose much higher. High doses of fentanyl decrease the brains ability to control breathing.
Fentanyl patch abuse methods
Fentanyl patches are only intended for use on the skin so that the drug can be distributed slowly. It’s also often prescribed in lollipop form for the very same reason. It is intended to take at least 12 hours until it absorbs.
Two of the most common fentanyl patch abuse methods are chewing fentanyl patches and smoking the gel inside fentanyl patches.
Chewing Fentanyl Patches
Some of the most common fentanyl patch abuse methods are putting them in the mouth and chewing on them.
It can also be opened up and sucked down to get it through the cheek membrane.
Smoking Fentanyl Patches
Removing the gel inside the patch and smoking it on aluminum foil is a very common way to abuse a fentanyl patch. It also the fastest way to feel the effects of it.
Smoking the gel inside the fentanyl patch is stronger than heroin but does not last as long. The addict will continue to smoke it to maintain the high which highly increases the chances of death.