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Trending Fentanyl Facts

While fentanyl was first synthesized more than 50 years ago and first emerged as a drug threat in the 1990’s, it has only been in the past few years that it has become as a widespread - and fast evolving - threat.

Here you’ll find the latest official publically available information on trends in trafficking and use of fentanyl and fentanyl related compounds. This includes new derivatives, trends in how and where they’re being used, as well as intelligence on who is making these compounds and trafficking in them.

Acryl fentanyl

  • Acryl fentanyl is one of the most recent fentanyl-related substances encountered on the illicit market.
  • The reckless distribution of this substance is extremely dangerous for the public and for others that may inadvertently come into contact with the substance.
  • There is limited information on the substance but is known to be connected to numerous overdoses deaths, making the unlawful distribution extremely concerning.
  • Acryl fentanyl does share a mechanism of action with fentanyl and other opioids.
  • Based on available information, an acryl fentanyl overdose may be reversed by an opioid antagonist, such as naloxone (Narcan).  The amount of naloxone required to reverse an overdose is contingent on a number of factors, potency, initial dose or drug on board, etc.
  • Opioid overdoses are highly complex events and reversal is dependent on the individual, the dose, and other substances that may have been co-ingested.



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