Caution urged to limit risk of fentanyl exposure

While the number of overdose deaths is showing signs of a decline, news that the U.S. Department of Justice seized a large volume of fentanyl pills and powder is a reminder that opioid use continues to be a concern.

This comes at the same time a new form of the substance, brightly colored “rainbow fentanyl,” is also making headlines. While substances have been marketed in various ways for years, the biggest concern with fentanyl is that it can easily be made to look like other pills meant for legitimate use.

“Fentanyl is dangerous because it can be mixed with another drug or be mistaken for a prescription if individuals aren’t vigilant when obtaining needed medications. It is so powerful that just a trace can be fatal,” said Rosecrance Chief of Clinical Excellence and President of Medical Affairs Tom Wright, M.D. “While the latest marketing trend is worrisome, fentanyl is so potent that it is not likely being marketed toward adolescents.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of overdose deaths has declined from a record of over 107,000 in 2021. For the 12-month period ending in April, deaths dipped to 103,000 as overdoses have declined in three of the past four months.

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