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How To Dispose of Fentanyl Patches


What is Fentanyl?

According to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid, meaning a substance that is synthesized in a laboratory and acts the same as a natural opioid in the brain to produce pain relief effects. There are two types of fentanyl: pharmaceutical fentanyl and illicitly manufactured fentanyl. Pharmaceutical fentanyl is prescribed by doctors to treat severe pain while Illegally manufactured fentanyl is sold for its ability to produce pain relief effects.

Fentanyl patches are pharmaceutical fentanyl, put on the skin to relieve severe pain in people who are expected to need pain medication around the clock for a long time and who cannot be treated with other medications.

Can Fentanyl be prescribed?

Pharmaceutical fentanyl is prescribed by doctors for pain management and treatment. It can also be used for those with chronic pain, terminally ill or those that are physically intolerant to other opioids. Fentanyl is a Schedule II narcotic under the United States Controlled Substances Act of 1970, meaning it has a high potential for severe physical or psychological dependence. Read more >

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