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Fentanyl: Dangerous and potentially deadly

Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid. It is used to manage pain, which is why it's often seen in operating rooms and used with anesthesia. Fentanyl is extremely dangerous, though, and with illicit use, it has the potential to lead to overdoses and death.

Sometimes, this drug is mixed with others, like heroin or marijuana, which can create a deadly combination. Those who manufacture drugs don't necessarily manufacture each mixture the same, and that means that when one pill may be safe, another may be deadly.

As a result of Fentanyl and other sister drugs on the black market, Tennessee's law enforcement agents have seen an increase in the number of people dying or overdosing on the mixtures. There were four agencies in Tennessee that put out warnings in April about Fentanyl. The focus of those public health advisories was to show that even a small amount of Fentanyl has the potential to be dangerous and deadly.

Fentanyl can be injected, absorbed through the skin, swallowed and inhaled, which makes it easy to use for those addicted. The truth is that even a small amount, as small as a few pieces of salt, could cause severe injuries or death. Mixed with other drugs, the outcome of taking them together is completely unknown.

The use of Fentanyl in drug concoctions is increasing in Tennessee. Emergency medical teams who try to rescue those who have overdosed or who are ill now need to take special precautions to avoid absorbing the drug through their skin, which could result in an accidental overdose as well.

If you are accused of selling or using Fentanyl illegally, it is of the utmost importance to protect your rights. The law is cracking down on this drug's use, and it could come down hard on you.

Source: Tennessee Department of Health, "State Leaders Call for Increased Awareness about Fentanyl," June 15, 2017

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