Fentanyl's Role in Opioid Overdose Deaths

Diane S. Aschenbrenner

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Abstract

U.S. deaths from opioid overdose are on the rise. Heroin and other illegal opioids are being adulterated with the potent opioid fentanyl, significantly increasing the risk of sudden, lethal overdose. Highly potent fentanyl analogs, such as the large-animal sedative carfentanil, are also being mixed with heroin. Naloxone is an antidote to opioid overdose. Despite new preparations of naloxone designed for use by nonmedical bystanders, the drug is not being sufficiently prescribed or used. The increasing cost of naloxone products may be contributing to poor usage.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)21-23
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Nursing
Volume117
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)

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