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Does Fentanyl Show Up On Drug Test? Experts Weigh In

By Charles Omedo , Feb 22, 2017 01:27 AM EST
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Does fentanyl show up on drug test? This is the question that law enforcement agents and users of the illicit drug want to know. The answer however is not far-fetched: the Chester County Coroner's Office's list of drug overdose deaths in 2016 indicated fentanyl can be seen in tests. And then the authorities in various parts of the US have embarked on enlightenment campaigns to warn the public to the dangers of using fentanyl among other hard drugs.

Fentanyl use carries high risk of toxicity, overdose and death

Does fentanyl show up on drug test? Health and medical experts from across the country support the fact that fentanyl can be seen in the blood of patients, and this disclosure should help to discourage opioid users. Meanwhile, public health agencies in Bermuda have stepped up public warnings to inform people of the arrival of fentanyl in the country. The government is now tasked with preventing opioid-related overdoses and deaths.

According to The Royal Gazette, fentanyl is almost 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine and heroin among other narcotics. This means risks of addiction and overdose are high and could be fatal with patients dying before any help could reach them. Medical physicians use fentanyl to relieve serious pains but it can now be obtained illegally on the streets as a drug of choice for many core addicts.

There were 97 incidents of accidental drug overdose deaths in 2016

The government is worried that youths and adults are getting more hooked on drugs to the point of dying of overdose. The Chester County Coroner's Office revealed there were 97 death incidents related to accidental drug overdose last year, according to Daily Local. Many of these deaths occurred as a result of overdose of fentanyl, heroin, morphine, opioids and other narcotics.

Does fentanyl show up on drug test? The US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and several drug overdose task force have stepped up campaigns to clamp down on drug channels as a way to stem reliance on drugs. Hospitals and private clinics have also been primed to the dangers of fentanyl or drug overdose and how to respond to victims. Many of them now have supplies of Naloxone or Narcan to immediately counter the effects of drug overdose.

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