FENTANYL

WHAT IS IT?

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is 50-100 times stronger than morphine. Pharmaceutical fentanyl was developed for pain management treatment of cancer patients, applied in a patch on the skin. Fentanyl is abuse for its powerful opioid properties. Fentanyl is added to heroin to increase its potency. It is also disguised as highly potent heroin where users believe they are purchasing heroin, but are actually purchasing fentanyl. This results in overdose deaths.

STREET NAMES

Apace, China Girl, China Town, China White, Dance Fever, Goodfellas, Great Bear, He-Man, Poison and Tango & Cash

HOW IT IS TAKEN

Clandestine fentanyl is typically injected, or inhaled like heroin.

HOW DOES IT AFFECT THE BODY?

• Intense, short-term high
• Temporary feelings of euphoria
• Slowed respiration and reduced blood pressure
• Nausea
• Fainting
• Seizures
• Death

Reference: https://www.justthinktwice.gov/drug-fact/fentanyl

Barbiturates

WHAT IS IT?

Barbiturates are a depressant drug used to help sleep, relieve anxiety and muscle spasms, prevent seizures.

Prescribed names: Fiorina®, Pentothal®, Seconal®, or Nembutal®.

STREET NAMES

Barbs, Block Busters, Christmas Trees, Goof Balls, Pinks, Red Devils, Reds & Blues, Yellow Jackets

HOW IT IS TAKEN

Swallowing a pill or injecting a liquid

HOW DOES IT AFFECT THE BODY?

  • Lack of inhibition, relief of anxiety, sleepiness; impairment of memory, judgment and coordination; irritability
  • Paranoia and suicidal thought
  • Tolerance is easily developed, requiring larger doses each time
  • Overdose can occur easily and can be fatal.
    • Signs: Shallow respiration, clammy skin, dilated pupils, weak and rapid pulse, coma

Reference: https://www.justthinktwice.gov/drugs/barbiturates