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The Dangerous Effects of Fentanyl


The Dangerous Effects of Fentanyl

Fentanyl is a potent, synthetic opioid that is extremely dangerous to those who use it. This drug is 80 to 100 times stronger than morphine.1 Fentanyl is frequently used and reserved for opioid tolerant patients. All users put themselves in serious danger of an overdose when using fentanyl. Addiction to fentanyl can come about very quickly and the DEA classifies this drug as a Schedule II Controlled Substance. At our drug addiction treatment center, we want to make you aware of the severe effects of this drug and provide you with different treatment methods for substance abuse and opioid addiction.


Short-term Fentanyl Effects

Fentanyl is a dangerous substance with a high risk of overdose. Short-term effects of the drug include, but are not limited to:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Altered heart rate
  • Respiratory suppression
  • Weakness
  • Hallucinations
  • Seizure

Long-term Fentanyl Effects

Fentanyl can have serious long-lasting effects as well. Long-term fentanyl effects include, but are not limited to:

  • Multiple organ system damage due to decreased oxygen in body tissues
  • Deterioration of pre-existing mental health conditions
  • Death


Fentanyl Overdose Symptoms

Fentanyl is associated with high overdose rates, including the overdose deaths of Prince and Tom Petty. [2] Symptoms of a fentanyl overdose include:

  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Dizziness or fainting
  • Respiratory arrest
  • Nodding out, slurred speech
  • Cardiac arrest
  • Confusion

These signs of drug overdose may begin slowly and quickly progress into a dire situation. This is why it is crucial to act quickly if you see any of these signs to prevent further progression of the danger.


What to Do if Fentanyl Overdose Occurs

It is important to recognize the signs of a fentanyl overdose, and call emergency services immediately if you believe someone is overdosing on fentanyl. An overdose is serious and can be deadly. If you are near someone who is showing signs of fentanyl overdose, you should:

  • Call emergency services immediately
  • Administer Narcan, if it is available
  • Keep the overdosing individual awake
  • Lay them on their side so choking doesn’t occur
  • Stay until emergency responders arrive

If you or a loved one is addicted to fentanyl, there is hope for recovery. Treatment methods typically include medically managed detox, followed by ongoing therapy and rehabilitation programs. Contact Banyan Treatment Center to learn more about the unique programs and therapies we offer for addiction treatment. Call 888-280-4763 today.


  1. DEA – Fentanyl
  2. Rolling Sone – Music’s Fentanyl Crisis
Alyssa is Banyan’s Director of Digital Marketing & Technology. After overcoming her own struggles with addiction, she began working in the treatment field in 2012. She graduated from Palm Beach State College in 2016 with additional education in Salesforce University programs. A part of the Banyan team since 2016, Alyssa brings over 5 years of experience in the addiction treatment field.

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