If you spend any time following the news and current events, it’s hard to miss discussion of the opioid epidemic facing our country. Opiates are not just limited to heroin, there are about five different types that are heavily abused. Today we would like to share a few statistics and facts regarding one of the most popular opiates abused today, Fentanyl.
What is Fentanyl?
Fentanyl is powerful narcotic sedative. It’s similar to morphine but it’s more potent. Doctors often administer it as part of anesthesia to prevent pain after surgery or other medical procedures. Like most drugs, it has legitimate purposes but it is often abused. In fact, this is the same drug that killed Prince, as well as many others over the years.
What Makes Fentanyl Dangerous?
Our brains have receptors which allow proteins to “attach” to them. This is what gives us pain relief. These receptors are located in the parts of our brain which control breathing. Opiates, especially powerful ones like Fentanyl can cause breathing to completely stop, which can lead to death. Fentanyl can also be mixed with heroin and other opiates, which doubles the risk greatly. The number of fentanyl-induced seizures in the United States increased by more than 640 percent between 2012 and 2014. A small dose of 0.25 mg can be fatal.
Fentanyl Detection Times & Detection Levels
As with most drugs, the time it stays in your body depends on metabolism, weight, and other factors. The typical detection time for Fentanyl in urine is 2 to 3 days. The cut off is 10 ng/ml.
We offer a new ultimate opiate drug test that can test for Fentanyl and several other opiates including heroin and Oxycodone. Over the next few weeks, we’ll provide more information about this test.