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Heroin often gets a bad reputation for being the evil hardcore drug, but how does it compare to prescription drugs? Is it far more deadly than prescriptions such as Fentanyl or Carfentanil?
Heroin use over the years has increased significantly. The CDC has an informational page containing heroin overdose data from 2014-2015 and compares data they have gathered since 2002. The infographic below details the differences and similarities between prescription opioids and heroin. The prescribed drugs Fentanyl or Carfentanil are more deadly than heroin and look similar to it. It’s often mixed with heroin, resulting in an overdose.
These drugs have to be pretty serious if the DEA issues a warning to law enforcement about the dangers of Carfentanil. And even China has placed Carfentanil on the controlled substance list.
After the infographic, there are links to articles for more information about these two opioids.
To learn more about heroin and these deadly prescription drugs, please see the links below:
- What is Fentanyl? (DrugAbuse.gov)
- What is fentanyl? (NYTimes.com)
- Heroin Is Being Laced With a Terrifying New Substance: What to Know About Carfentanil
- China Blacklists Carfentanil, Closing A Deadly Loophole
- China’s Ban of a Deadly Tranquilizer Could Be a ‘Game Changer’ in North America’s Opioid Epidemic
- DEA Issues Carfentanil Warning to Police and Public: Dangerous opioid 10,000 times more potent than morphine and 100 times more potent than fentanyl
- CDC Heroin Overdose Data – The CDC has a lot of information about heroin use, opioids, and data analysis. You can learn more from their main section, Opioid Overdose