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The Dangers of Fentanyl

The Dangers of Fentanyl

Fentanyl is a dangerous drug that can cause life-threatening side effects and death, and many people have accidentally overdosed from defective Fentanyl patches.

Fentanyl is a potent narcotic pain killer. Fentanyl is used to treat chronic pain and is commonly used before surgery. Fentanyl is most often sold as a transdermal patch, commonly called a Durogesic or Duragesic patch. Fentanyl patches were introduced into the market in the 1990s, and Fentanyl is now the most commonly prescribed synthetic opioid.

Fentanyl also poses a number of severe risks. Fentanyl side effects can include sudden respiratory depression, aphasia, and even death. Hundreds of people who have been prescribed Fentanyl have accidentally overdosed, and over 120 people have died while taking prescribed Fentanyl. If the number of people who have died while illegally abusing Fentanyl is taken into account, Fentanyl has killed over 1,000 people.

Fentanyl patches have a troubling manufacturing history, and there have been a number of recalls of defective Fentanyl patches over the years. These defective Fentanyl patches would leak, releasing Fentanyl into the body irregularly or too rapidly, resulting in an overdose that can cause life-threatening side effects and even death.

How Dangerous is Fentanyl?

Fentanyl is a Class 2 narcotic, the strongest class of narcotic allowed to be prescribed under federal regulations. Fentanyl is approximately 100 times more potent than morphine, and Fentanyl can be highly addictive.

Fentanyl is dangerous enough to have been used as a murder weapon. Fentanyl abuse is a growing problem nationwide. Fentanyl is often sold illegally, and Fentanyl abusers will smoke or chew the patches to get high. Illegal Fentanyl use has been responsible for over 1,000 deaths in the United States.

The legal use of Fentanyl can also be extremely dangerous, and legally prescribed Fentanyl patches have caused a significant number of injuries and deaths.

Fentanyl Side Effects

Fentanyl can produce a number of unpleasant side effects. Fentanyl side effects include diarrhea, nausea, constipation, abdominal pain, headache, fatigue, depression, and flu-like symptoms. The Fentanyl patch also has the potential to produce other severe, life threatening, and even lethal side effects, including:

Fentanyl Patch Recalls

Fentanyl pain patches have been recalled by manufacturers a number of times since 1994. Defective Fentanyl patches have been recalled because of manufacturing errors that cause the patches to leak, leading to a possible dangerous overdose.

Fentanyl Lawsuits

Many individuals and families who have been harmed by Fentanyl are seeking compensation for their injuries. If you or a family member has been harmed or killed by Fentanyl, the law firm of Blizzard & Nabers will work with you to file a Fentanyl lawsuit. For more than 25 years, our attorneys have successfully represented our clients and stood up for the rights of people harmed by pharmaceutical companies and dangerous drugs. We are a nationwide law firm serving clients from all over the country. We handle all Fentanyl-related injury cases on a contingency basis.

To learn more, or for a free case review from an experienced Fentanyl attorney, please contact us by email or call us at 1-800-349-0127.