5 Fentanyl Myths Debunked
Submission Date: August 11, 2022
Attributing Author: Meghan Holohan
Fentanyl can’t cause an overdose through skin, experts say: 5 fentanyl myths, debunked
Experts in addiction share the biggest myths they encounter and the harm it can do to people who use drugs.
When people hear about fentanyl, it’s often through horror stories of accidental overdoses or first responders being poisoned just by being near the substance.
Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is stronger than the naturally-occuring heroin, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Over the years, fentanyl has become more prevalent in the nation’s drug supply and has contributed to a rise in overdose deaths. Experts say misinformation about the drug can lead to increased stigma against people who use drugs.
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