Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is commonly prescribed for the management of severe pain. Although fentanyl is similar to other opioids like morphine, heroin, and oxycodone, it can be from 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine.
The potency of fentanyl means that the synthetic opioid is frequently indicated in clinical settings, especially for treating severe pain in cancer patients or following surgery. In the past decade, fentanyl has also become a drug of abuse. Data from CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) indicate that fentanyl was implicated in 71,000 of the 107,000 fatal drug overdoses in the United States in 2021.
How long does fentanyl stay in your system, though?