Posted on Thursday, July 7th
Fentanyl is the secret ingredient that makes heroin such a powerful drug. Too powerful. Cut with Fentanyl, a heroin one hit is 50 to 100 times stronger and much more deadly.
After my son Jesse died I couldn’t get any details about what killed him from the Medical Examiner . We got a short form that attributed his death to “acute opiate intoxication.”
News accounts around the same time said the most popular street drug was called “Gunpowder.” It was a mixture of black tar heroin and Fentanyl. It comes from Latin America and had higher levels of morphine. Dealers liked it because it’s crude and unrefined and doesn’t require expensive lab work. It’s easy to get on the street fast.
No one knows what they’re getting when they buy heroin off the street.
Fentanyl was created to ease the pain of cancer patients and other diseases. It was also prescribed for physical pain and injuries.
And now Fentanyl is being sold on the street on its own, in most cases drug users have no idea what they’re buying. A small amount can be fatal.
Fentanyl is especially dangerous because it attacks the respiratory system. Users can suddenly stop breathing.
Law enforcement authorities report Fentanyl usage has spiked dramatically, more than tripling between 2013 and 2014.
The Daily Star in the UK reports the drug is also known as TNT, Apache, China girl, among other nick names.
The mother of a Fentanyl user described what happened to her son: “It shut down his organs. his kidneys and his liver. His brain was swollen. The doctor said there was nothing he could do for him – from one pill.”