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Fentanyl As A Date Rape Drug

What is fentanyl?

  • Fentanyl is a pain reliever.
  • It was first synthesized in the late 1950s and was introduced into medical practice in the 1960s as an intravenous anesthetic. Today, fentanyls are extensively used for anesthesia and pain relief.
  • Fentanyls are used as a patch for chronic pain management, and are effective in treating pain in cancer patients.
  • To date, over 12 different analogues of fentanyl have been produced clandestinely and identified in the U.S. drug traffic.

Street Names

  • "Apache", "China girl", "China white", "dance fever", "friend", "goodfella", "jackpot", "murder 8", "TNT", "Tango" and "Cash"

How is it taken?

  • Fentanyl is most commonly injected, but can also be smoked or snorted.

What are the effects of fentanyl?

  • The biological effects are indistinguishable from those of heroin.
  • Fentanyl may be hundreds of times more potent than heroin.
  • Can bring about a state of euphoria and drowsiness.

What are the dangers of fentanyl?

Dangers can include:

  • Respiratory depression and arrest.
  • Nausea.
  • Confusion.
  • Constipation.
  • Sedation, unconsciousness and coma.

Is it addictive?

It is not considered an addictive drug like cocaine, heroin or alcohol because it does not produce the same compulsive drug-seeking behavior. However, like addictive drugs, fentanyl produces greater tolerance in some users who take the drug repeatedly. These users must take higher doses to achieve the same results as they have had in the past. This could be an extremely dangerous practice because of the unpredictability of the drug effect on an individual.

APA Reference
Writer, H. (2008, December 27). Fentanyl As A Date Rape Drug, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2019, September 15 from https://www.healthyplace.com/sex/date-rape/fentanyl-as-a-date-rape-drug

Last Updated: June 27, 2019

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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