February 28, 2023


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Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is 50-100 times stronger than morphine. Pharmaceutical fentanyl was developed for pain management treatment of cancer patients, applied in a patch on the skin. Because of its powerful opioid properties, Fentanyl is also diverted for abuse. Fentanyl is added to heroin to increase its potency, or be disguised as highly potent heroin. Many users believe that they are purchasing heroin and actually don’t know that they are purchasing fentanyl – which often results in overdose deaths. Clandestinely-produced fentanyl is primarily manufactured in Mexico.

Street Names

Apace, China Girl, China Town, China White, Dance Fever, Goodfellas, Great Bear, He-Man, Poison and Tango & Cash

How is it abused?

Intense, short-term high, temporary feelings of euphoria, slowed respiration and reduced blood pressure, nausea, fainting, seizures, death.

What is its effect on the body?

Similar to other opioid analgesics, fentanyl produces effects such as: relaxation, euphoria, pain relief, sedation, confusion, drowsiness, dizziness, nausea and vomiting, urinary retention, pupillary constriction, and respiratory depression.

Find out more at www.dea.gov

DEA One Pill Can Kill Public Safety Alert and Awareness Campaign PSA Video (Dec. 2021)

Fentanyl is a North Texas problem!

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Raising the alarm. Youth drug use in McKinney Texas
Suspects, 1 with ankle monitor, appear in court for allegedly selling deadly fentanyl to kids
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Local Resources: LifePath Systems

LifePath Systems' Mission is to provide countywide, comprehensive Mental Health and Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities services and programs to citizens of the county through cooperative efforts of the Texas Department of Health and Human Services. The mission is to serve individuals and families impacted by behavioral health, intellectual or developmental challenges, resulting in stronger communities. Contact them today at (972) 562-0190 for more information and resources!

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