Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is up to 50 times stronger than heroin and 100 times stronger than morphine. It is a major contributor to fatal and nonfatal overdoses in the U.S.
There are two types of fentanyl: pharmaceutical fentanyl and illicitly manufactured fentanyl. Both are considered synthetic opioids. Pharmaceutical fentanyl is prescribed by doctors to treat severe pain, especially after surgery and for advanced-stage cancer.
However, most recent cases of fentanyl-related overdose are linked to illicitly manufactured fentanyl, which is distributed through illegal drug markets for its heroin-like effect. It is often added to other drugs because of its extreme potency, which makes drugs cheaper, more powerful, more addictive, and more dangerous. (Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).
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Campaigns and Initiatives
24 Hour Access Line in Connecticut: 1-800-563-4086
SAMHSA's National Helpline: 1-800-662-HELP (4357)
Live Loud (Connecticut)
Opioid Overdose Prevention/Naloxone (Narcan) Initiative (Connecticut)
Research & Statistics
- Unintentional Drug Overdose Deaths in Connecticut
The Connecticut Department of Public Health presents an interactive dashboard with drug overdose data to increase public awareness about the impact of the opioid crisis in Connecticut.