The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) classifies fentanyl as a Schedule II controlled substance. That means it poses a high risk of abuse and addiction.
Like other prescription drugs, fentanyl is often sold on the street, where it has various nicknames.
Fentanyl Street Names
Common fentanyl street names include:
- China Girl
- China White
- Chinese Food
- Crazy One
- Dance Fever
- Dragon’s Breath
- Great Bear
- King Ivory
- Murder 8
- Tango And Cash
- Toe Tag Dope
- White Girl
- White Stuff
There are also unique street names for fentanyl mixed with other drugs. For example, fentanyl mixed with cocaine is often called Dirty Fentanyl or Takeover. Similarly, fentanyl mixed with heroin is often called Birria or Facebook.
Dangers Of Fentanyl Abuse
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), fentanyl is up to 50 times stronger than heroin and 100 times stronger than morphine. That’s why you should only use the drug exactly as prescribed by your doctor.
When you misuse it, you face an extremely high risk of addiction and overdose.
Fentanyl addiction is a serious disease that makes you feel unable to stop using fentanyl. The most common symptoms include:
- intense cravings for fentanyl
- loss of interest in activities you once enjoyed
- tolerance (needing increasingly higher or more frequent doses of fentanyl to feel the desired effects)
- physical dependence (experiencing withdrawal symptoms, such as anxiety and sweating, when you don’t use fentanyl)
Because fentanyl is so powerful, it’s been linked to numerous overdose deaths. The most common symptoms of a fentanyl overdose include:
- nausea and vomiting
- slowed breathing and/or heartbeat
- pale, clammy skin
- bluish fingernails and/or lips
- loss of consciousness
If you or someone you know experiences these symptoms, call 911 right away, and administer naloxone if you have it. Naloxone (brand name Narcan) is a medication that rapidly reverses the effects of an opioid overdose. It’s available without a prescription in all states.
Anyone who uses street drugs may accidentally ingest fentanyl and overdose. That’s because many drug dealers add fentanyl to other substances, including cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, and even other prescription opioids like oxycodone (brand name OxyContin) and hydrocodone (brand name Vicodin).
That means that the only way to avoid the negative effects of fentanyl is to never buy drugs on the street.
If you or a loved one struggles with fentanyl or other drugs, please contact Northeast Addictions Treatment Center. We offer a variety of outpatient substance abuse treatment services, including mental health counseling, family therapy, and medication-assisted treatment.
Northeast Addition Editorial Team
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