Fentanyl Testing

 WHAT IS FENTANYL?

Pharmaceutical fentanyl is a powerful, synthetic opioid medication that is approved for the treatment of severe pain. Since approximately 2013, there has been a sharp, nationwide increase in overdose deaths involving illicitly manufactured fentanyl which has contaminated heroin and other drug supplies.

In 2017, there were 429 confirmed fentanyl-involved overdose deaths in California, or 20% of the 2,196 opioid overdose deaths in the state. Between 2015 and 2017, the rate of fentanyl-related deaths increased nearly 20 times faster than the increase in opioid overdose deaths generally.

One way to find out if there is fentanyl in a substance is to test it with a testing strip. Fentanyl testing strips are available for free at the Plumas County Public Health Agency located at 270 County Hospital Road, Suite 206 in Quincy, CA.

To find out more about fentanyl testing to prevent overdoses, click here.

 

Northern Sierra Opioid Safety Coalition: info@northernsierraopioidsafety.org



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