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Fentanyl is an increasing problem in the United States

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid often used during operations in a medical setting. It's extremely powerful, believed to be between 30 and 50 times the potency of heroin and up to 100 times more powerful than morphine.

This drug is dangerous primarily due to the extremely small amount needed to overdose. Fentanyl is lethal with as little as two milligrams. Interestingly, the white powder can transfer easily, making it dangerous to the person who has taken it illicitly as well as those who may be first at the scene to assist the person suffering from the overdose. Fentanyl can pass through the skin.

Fentanyl is spreading quickly across the United States due to the high-value drug's profit margin. A kilogram is usually no more than a few thousand dollars, but then it can result in profits of millions of dollars. Pills being sold with fentanyl inside cost between $10 and $20 on the streets, and a single kilogram could make upwards of 500,000 pills.

Fentanyl does have a place in the U.S. medical system. It's approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for analgesic relief and as an anesthetic. It's a Schedule II narcotic.

Normally, in a controlled environment, an anesthesiologist takes into consideration a patient's age, weight and medical history when determining how much fentanyl to deliver to the patient for pain relief. In a controlled setting, extremely small amounts can be given to patients through IVs.

People selling fentanyl on the street face serious charges related to prescription drug abuse. If that's you, remember that this is one of the major drugs in the opioid crisis, and you will face scrutiny and bias as a result. Your attorney can help you prevent unfair treatment by the courts.

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