It is hard to believe that there is a drug more deadly and addictive than heroin. However, officials have come across the drug fentanyl on the streets of New Jersey. Fentanyl is a drug that’s 50 times more powerful than heroin and is usually used to treat terminal end-stage cancer patients who have chronic pain. The drug is typically given to patients through an intravenous drip, injection, or patch that is put onto their skin. Even taken as prescribed it’s not completely safe—if taken in the slightest wrong way, or too much is taken at once, it can kill. Fentanyl is the cause of dozens of unexpected deaths for many unsuspecting heroin users. From 2005 to 2007, the drug was responsible for killing 1,000 people nationwide and nearly 200 in New Jersey alone.

Fentanyl has been found throughout New Jersey as a cutter for or as a substitute for heroin. Since it is colorless and odorless, it is nearly impossible to detect before taking it. It’s expensive in its purest pharmaceutical form, but can be easily mixed with a drug like heroin due to the fact that it can be easily made.  Officials have found that it’s often sold in small quantities and a little goes a long way because it’s extremely potent. Since one gram of fentanyl can be cut about 7,000 times, it is becoming more popular to dilute heroin with because it is so much more addictive.

Users think that they can handle a drug with this kind of strength, but in reality it’s too deadly to mess with because it will ultimately kill anyone who uses it. Prosecutors and officials throughout New Jersey hope to crack down on the recent outbreak of this drug. However due to funding issues, state organizations can only react after users suffer the consequences and the drug is found in medical examiner reports. Since there is no system to track drug overdoses, many of the fentanyl occurrences are not brought to the proper officials until after they are reported in the media.

Preventing Fentanyl Overdose Death

Overall the state police, poison center, and health department are searching to find an early warning system to alert them sooner to outbreaks of fentanyl before so many lives are lost to this toxic drug.  If you or a loved one needs assistance in overcoming a drug addiction, we at the Discovery Institute are here for you. We understand that addiction is a painful illness to go through. There is hope for recovery. Call us today at (800) 714-2175 to start overcoming your addiction.

Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MD

Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MDDr. Jeffrey Berman is a psychiatrist in Teaneck, New Jersey and is affiliated with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. He received his medical degree from State University of New York Upstate Medical University and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He also speaks multiple languages, including French and Hebrew.

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