Fentanyl is an extremely potent opioid that is used to manage pain in patients. It is 100 times stronger than morphine and acts on the central nervous system to relieve pain. It is being given to patients outside a hospital setting more and more, despite it being such an addictive drug.
Fentanyl abuse and opioid addiction are severe problems in the United States. Opiate addiction has become an epidemic, with over 19,000 people dying from an overdose of synthetic opioids like fentanyl in 2016.