Fentanyl Awareness

By Office of the Provost Marshal General, Law Enforcement DivisionOctober 18, 2023

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Fentanyl and what you need to know!

“Fentanyl is the single deadliest drug threat our nation has ever encountered. Fentanyl is everywhere. From large metropolitan areas to rural America, no community is safe from this poison. We must take every opportunity to spread the word to prevent fentanyl-related overdose death and poisonings from claiming scores of American lives every day.”   

- DEA Administrator Anne Milgram

Fentanyl is a highly potent synthetic opioid responsible for a growing number of overdose deaths in recent years. It is often mixed with other drugs, such as heroin and cocaine, or counterfeit prescriptions like Xanax, Oxycodone, or Adderall, without the user's knowledge, making it even more dangerous. The DEA reported six out of ten DEA-tested pills contained a lethal dose of fentanyl.

Here are some important facts to know about Fentanyl:

  • Even a small amount of Fentanyl can be deadly.
  • Fentanyl is 50-100 times more potent than heroin or morphine.
  • It causes respiratory depression, which can lead to death.
  • Fentanyl can be absorbed through the skin or inhaled, making it dangerous to handle or be around.
  • Fentanyl is often manufactured and disguised as a prescription.

Effects: relaxation, euphoria, pain relief, sedation, confusion, drowsiness, dizziness, nausea and vomiting, urinary retention, pupillary constriction, and respiratory depression

Street names: Apache, China Girl, China Town, Dance Fever, Friend, Goodfellas, Great Bear, He-Man, Jackpot, King Ivory, Murder 8, Poison and Tango & Cash

If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, seeking help is important, recovery is possible, and resources are available to help you get there.

Remember, fentanyl is a serious and deadly drug. Spread the word and help save lives.