Fentanyl in its simplest form is a synthetic opioid painkiller that began as a prescription drug and has since found space on the black market. Fentanyl is similar to morphine, but 50 to 100 times stronger. Because of the increased potency, illegally manufactured fentanyl is often mixed with other drugs as it reduces costs to the dealer while allowing them to charge more, and also increases the high and addiction potential for those using it.
Because fentanyl got its start as a prescription pain killer, it is also known by the brand name. There are multiple ways fentanyl is distributed, thus, numerous brand names:
Duragesic – Fentanyl patches applied directly to the skin
Sublimaze – This form of fentanyl is typically delivered through an IV or shot and given to patients following surgery.
Actiq – Developed for cancer patients, Actiq distributes fentanyl through lozenges, often referred to as fentanyl lollipops
Onsolis – Another form of fentanyl created to treat cancer pain, Onsolis is a film that sticks to the side of your cheek and dissolves within 30 minutes.
Fentora — A small tablet that dissolves in the mouth; created for cancer patients who have become resistant to the pain relief of other prescription opioids.
Subsys – Created to treat narcotic-resistant cancer patients, Subsys is a liquid form of fentanyl sprayed under the tongue.
Lazanda – A nasal spray used as needed; typically prescribed to cancer patients with intermittent, extreme bursts of pain.
While there are numerous legitimate reasons to use fentanyl, it is highly addictive and extremely potent, resulting in a high demand of the street drug market. Fentanyl street names typically include:
Some of the most obvious nicknames for fentanyl revolve around variations of the name. The DEA provided a comprehensive list of street names for fentanyl that include:
Fentanyl is an opioid, and while it was technically created by a Belgian scientist, it is often associated with opioids as a whole, which got their start in China via poppy plants. Therefore, a number of the names revolve around China.
Fentanyl comes not just in a range of forms, but also in a range of colors. Typically, the variety of colors only occur in pill form and is often meant to resemble another drug (ie: counterfeit pills).
As mentioned above, Fentanyl is extremely addictive and potent. It is commonly mixed with (cut into) various other drugs like methamphetamines, cocaine, heroin, MDMA and more. The practice is so common, in fact, people often do not refer to these combos by fentanyl nicknames – many never even realizing their drugs have been cut with the synthetic opioid.
If you’ve found yourself searching for fentanyl street names you are likely concerned that your loved one is using fentanyl.
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