Fentanyl and the deadly effects it causes

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid typically used to treat patients with severe pain.

But when misused or abused, even a microscopic dose can lead to death.

The Cape Girardeau Police Department wants to make sure the public knows just how dangerous this drug can be.

Corporal Jacob Marberry, a Scientific Investigative Unit Supervisor with the Cape Girardeau Police Department says, “Fentanyl it can be absorbed through the pores in your skin, which can then lead to an overdose.”

According to the drug enforcement administration, one kilogram, about the size of a pineapple, of fentanyl has the potential to kill 500,000 people.

“So your lungs just stop working, you quit breathing, and then you could die,” said Cpl. Marberry.

Morgan Dawson is a Medicated Assisted Treatment Nurse Coordinator with the Gibson Center in Cape Girardeau.

She also spoke on the dangers surrounding fentanyl, stating the appeal for the opioid is that it’s cheap to produce, making it easier to distribute to the public.

“It’s really dangerous, the smallest amount of it can be fatal, I would say carry Narcan, emergency Naloxone is really, really important,” said Dawson.

Narcan is one of the only remedies to the potent drug, but only if administered quickly. Sometimes more than one dose is needed to revive a person suffering from a drug overdose.

Even if someone can tell a product has been laced with fentanyl it may not stop them from using it.

Fentanyl is 50 to 100 times more deadly then heroin or morphine.

“Anybody that is using, never use alone,” said¬†Dawson. “Make sure you know how to, how to use the Naloxone.”

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