What is Fentanyl?
Fentanyl is a powerful, synthetic opioid 50 to 100x more potent than morphine. It is primarily used to treat patients with severe pain, and can be used along with other medications as an anesthetic. Unfortunately, it is also used recreationally, often hidden in other drugs to increase potency.
The National Epidemic – Overdoses and Deaths
As of 2021, Camden County has one of the highest overdose and drug-related fatality rates in the state. Opioid deaths have significantly increased due to common street drugs laced with fentanyl; including pills, cocaine, crack, heroin, meth, MDMA and more. Since fentanyl is cheaper than the actual drug people think they’re buying, dealers cut the product to increase their profits and the drug’s potency. Fentanyl is invisible to the eye, and can cause an overdose at just 2-3 milligrams, leading to numerous deaths of first-time triers/buyers and casual users.
How to Save a Life – Reversing an Overdose
Administering naloxone, commonly known as the brand name NARCAN®, is easy to administer and can reverse a fentanyl overdose by blocking the effects of the opioid. People who are experiencing an overdose may have extremely slowed or stopped breathing, make choking, gurgling or snoring sounds, have blue lips or fingertips, or are completely unresponsive. Naloxone can quickly restore normal respiration, and can be given by injection or nasal spray.
Steps to administer NARCAN® and additional information can be found here.
Support and Treatment
If you or someone you care for is dependent on opioids, medication-assisted and evidenced-based treatments for opioid dependence are available in every publicly and privately funded rehabilitation center in South Jersey.
If you are seeking treatment assistance or access to information and/or services, please contact the Office of Mental Health & Addiction between 9 AM – 4:30 PM Monday – Friday.
Office of Mental Health & Addiction
Phone: (856) 374-6361
Fentanyl – Toolkit / Resources
Share Messages and Spread the Word
Below are promotional materials that you can use to print and display or share online to spread awareness of the dangers of Fentanyl:
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One of these opioids has a deadly secret.
A secret you’ll take to your grave. Fentanyl can look just like your drug of choice, and you won’t know you’ve had it until it’s too late. For life-saving information, visit CamdenCounty.com/Fentanyl.
Which meth is laced with fentanyl?
Can’t tell the difference? That’s because fentanyl is undetectable by the human eye and is responsible for thousands of deaths in Camden County alone. For life-saving information, visit CamdenCounty.com/Fentanyl.
Which of these bags can kill you?
Both. And the one with fentanyl will do it today. Fentanyl can be up to 100 x more potent than morphine, and is responsible for thousands of deaths in Camden County. For life-saving information, visit CamdenCounty.com/Fentanyl.
What you can’t see can kill you.
A lethal dose of fentanyl is just 4 grains of sand. It’s the killer in your drug of choice – undetectable by sight, smell and taste. For life-saving information, visit CamdenCounty.com/Fentanyl.
Think you can trust your source?
You’re dead wrong. Chances are, your friends have no idea where your drugs are actually from. For life-saving information, visit CamdenCounty.com/Fentanyl.
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Fentanyl Test Strip – Information SHEET