Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid that is up to 50 times stronger than heroin and 100 times stronger than morphine.
Prescription fentanyl is safe when taken as prescribed by a doctor to treat severe pain.
However, fentanyl is also made illegally.
Recent cases of fentanyl-related harm, overdose, and death in the U.S. and Wisconsin are linked to illegally made fentanyl, which is added to other substances like fake pills, heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamine. As a result, people may not know fentanyl is in the drugs they are using, leading to accidental poisoning. There are also signs that other substances, like the animal tranquilizer xylazine, are being added as well.
There are steps you can take to help save a life and reduce deaths from fentanyl poisoning and accidental overdose.