Fentanyl - Opioid addiction, part 6
This two-page handout with accompanying video and audio recording educates people about fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid sometimes used to treat patients with severe chronic pain. It explains that fentanyl can be made legally as a prescription drug or made illegally in an underground lab and sold for its heroin-like effect. It discusses how illegal fentanyl is used and identifies its side effects, clarifying that most recent cases of fentanyl-related overdose and death are linked to illegally made fentanyl. The document includes information about carfentanil, a fentanyl-like drug sold as heroin that is much stronger, and naloxone, a safe and effective medication to use in opioid-related overdoses. Contact information for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Helpline is provided.
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A qualified translation company performed an independent review by a second translator, and a client advocate.