Journal of Forensic Science and Medicine

: 2016  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 111--114

Resurgence of Fentanyl as a Drug of Abuse

Lauren P Tamburro, Jenan H Al-Hadidi, Ljubisa Jovan Dragovic 
 Department of Public Services, Oakland County Medical Examiners' Office, Oakland County, Pontiac, Michigan 48341, USA

Correspondence Address:
Ljubisa Jovan Dragovic
Oakland County Medical Examiner's Office, Oakland County, 1200 N. Telegraph #28 East, Pontiac, Michigan 4834

Fentanyl, a powerful opioid analgesic introduced over 50 years ago, has a major role in modern anesthesia and chronic pain relief but has also gained a major role in illicit use. After a spike in fentanyl abuse between 2005 and 2007, fentanyl deaths decreased until 2010, with the introduction of “abuse-deterrent” OxyContin. Our data indicate a recent rise in fentanyl-related deaths beginning in 2013, which follows national trends. With the re-emergence of the synthetic narcotic analgesic of high potency as a popular drug of abuse and the alarmingly increasing mortality associated with its abuse, there are profound implications for public health, health care providers, law enforcement, and the society in general.

How to cite this article:
Tamburro LP, Al-Hadidi JH, Dragovic LJ. Resurgence of Fentanyl as a Drug of Abuse.J Forensic Sci Med 2016;2:111-114

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Tamburro LP, Al-Hadidi JH, Dragovic LJ. Resurgence of Fentanyl as a Drug of Abuse. J Forensic Sci Med [serial online] 2016 [cited 2020 Feb 23 ];2:111-114
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