Fentanyl has caused a legitimate crisis in North America, and you can overdose on this drug without blinking. With the meteoric rise in Fentanyl overdoses and incidents of abuse the YouTube channel AsapSCIENCE put together this clip showing what exactly Fentanyl does to your brain, and it’s terrifying.
At its core, Fentanyl is an opioid that inhibits pain signals sent from the brain to the spinal cord and throughout the rest of the nervous system. It also causes a release of Dopamine which leads to a feeling of intense euphoria and relaxation…Sounds awesome, right? Wrong. The drug is so powerful that it binds to your receptors so powerfully that it can cause the body to overlook basic functions like breathing and your lungs can just casually shut down.
Side effects include chills, vomiting, fainting, dizziness, difficulty urinating, and constipation. But that’s pretty much par for the course when it comes to opioids, isn’t it? Part of what makes Fentanyl so dangerous is that it’s 100x stronger than Morphine and 50x stronger than Heroin. It doesn’t seem like that long ago when the D.A.R.E. instructor was teaching me how Heroin was the most deadly drug on the planet…and Fentanyl is 50x stronger.
As for the science of how Fentanyl actually works and what it does to your brain, I’ll let the video explain that to you bros. I will, however, leave you with this image:
I think this should go without saying but I’ll say it anyway: DON’T FUCK WITH FENTANYL. Just coming in contact with the drug can trigger an overdose, this has happened to first responders.