Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid drug claiming the lives of many around the world. In 2016, Fentanyl practically became a household name as it was reported to have taken the life of musician Prince. Before the news broke of the recording artist’s toxicology reports, other reports were trickling in from around the planet of this substance called Fentanyl being found in pills. Benzodiazepines and other opioid drugs were using Fentanyl as a filler substance and causing fatal overdoses. Since the development of Fentanyl’s popularity it has become well known that the drug is deadly and dangerous with little room for margin.
Morphine is the body’s natural reaction to the ingestion of opium based product. Opioids, such as heroin or prescription narcotic painkillers, are morphine based. Deriving from the natural opium plant, these drugs interact with the opioid receptors in the brain, causing pain relief. Some brains and bodies, however, do not react to morphine. Unable to metabolize the morphine, people in need of pain relief cannot use normal opioid drugs. Fentanyl was created to serve the need of chronic pain patients and those who have experienced traumatic injury or surgery. A synthetic opioid, Fentanyl can be up to 100 times more strong than regular morphine. For those who can metabolize morphine normally, the presence of that strong opioid can be fatal.
Opioid receptors in the brain control pain regulation and some control breathing. Abusing opioid substances such as codeine or morphine result in euphoric sensations of pain relief, calmness, and some report feeling warm. Slow, steady, breathing is a calming aid for all human beings. Opioids naturally reduce the rate of breathing to help the brain and body feel more calm. At an abusive level, respiratory slowing can become problematic. With Fentanyl, which is much more potent than regular opioids, the heart rate can slow down and stop. Losing consciousness before losing life, a person who is intoxicated on Fentanyl, will not have the foresight to remember to breath, or even notice that they are not breathing. The euphoric sensations will be too strong. In a warm, pain-free haze, one can slowly pass.
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