Fentanyl is More Than One Drug

Fentanyl is More Than One Drug


[Music] [Dr. Chris Jones speaking] Fentanyl is a class of drugs which includes
fentanyl itself and then other fentanyl analogues and so far in the US we’ve seen between somewhere
between 15 and 30 different analogues show up in the illicit drug supply. That started in about 2013 where acetyl fentanyl
showed up in Rhode Island and in the Northeast, we’ve subsequently seen the very high potent
illicit fentanyl product Carfentanil showing up in many jurisdictions. Other analogues like Furanylfentanyl a variety
of different analogues are showing up and they’re all different – they all work in the
same way, but they have different potencies. Some are more potent then fentanyl some are
less potent then fentanyl. And I think it’s really this emergence of
such a variety of synthetic opioids that is also leading to the rise in overdose deaths
because the drug supply is unpredictable and individuals who are using drugs don’t particularly
know exactly what they are using.

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