Fentanyl’s potency is its most dangerous attribute. It’s for this very reason that even a tiny amount of the drug can cause severe respiratory depression and/or death. Rapid onset of these effects make fentanyl one of the deadliest substances
in the United States, and as cartels and dealers often mix
it with other drugs – such as heroin, cocaine, or methamphetamine – the risk of overdose is that much higher. This dangerous practice is commonly seen in cities with concerning amounts of drug trafficking activity.
Yet, fentanyl doesn’t just wreak havoc on the streets. This potent drug has also made its way into the party scene and is used recreationally as a substitute for other drugs such as ecstasy or cocaine. This is a concerning trend, as the potency of fentanyl paves the way for accidental overdoses.