First Responders Worry About Accidental Fentanyl Exposure

Fentanyl. It’s known to be 50 times more potent than heroin, and a speck the size of a few grains of salt can kill. By now, you’ve probably heard of this beast and the toll it’s taken on so many lives around the country. A whopping 5554 people overdosed on the synthetic opioid in 2014,…

First responders must now follow a specific protocol when they encounter fentanyl.

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District Sales Manager of Insys Pharmaceuticals Arrested After Being Found Addicted to His Own Product

Subsys is a form of fentanyl that’s sprayed under the tongue. Typically, it’s prescribed for people with a terminal illness, like late-stage cancer. Subsys , an extremely potent opioid, can only be prescribed for people who have developed a tolerance to other opioids. To put it into perspective, fentanyl is 50 times more powerful than…

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