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Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opiate analgesic similar to but more potent than morphine. It is typically used to treat patients with severe pain, or to manage pain after surgery. It is also sometimes used to treat people with chronic pain who are physically tolerant to opiates. It is a schedule II prescription drug.
VCU researchers test vaccine against opioid abuse

VCU researchers test vaccine against opioid abuse

Heroin-assisted treatment can offer benefits, reduce harms

Heroin-assisted treatment can offer benefits, reduce harms

People with Alzheimer’s disease using strong opioids have increased risk of hip fracture

People with Alzheimer’s disease using strong opioids have increased risk of hip fracture

Concomitant use of sleeping pills and opioids found to prevalent among people with Alzheimer’s disease

Concomitant use of sleeping pills and opioids found to prevalent among people with Alzheimer’s disease

FDA warns against use of unapproved pain medications with implanted pumps

FDA warns against use of unapproved pain medications with implanted pumps

Study finds rapid increase in overdose deaths involving amphetamines and methamphetamines

Study finds rapid increase in overdose deaths involving amphetamines and methamphetamines

Cocaine overdoses on the rise with fentanyl combo flooding the market

Cocaine overdoses on the rise with fentanyl combo flooding the market

FDA targets 465 websites that sell potentially dangerous, unapproved drugs

FDA targets 465 websites that sell potentially dangerous, unapproved drugs

Researchers awarded grant to advance testing of experimental heroin vaccine

Researchers awarded grant to advance testing of experimental heroin vaccine

Black market for suboxone gives some a glimpse of recovery

Black market for suboxone gives some a glimpse of recovery

Workers overdose on the job, and employers struggle to respond

Workers overdose on the job, and employers struggle to respond

Scientists develop new protocol for measuring background levels of drugs in forensic labs

Scientists develop new protocol for measuring background levels of drugs in forensic labs

Podcast: KHN’s ‘What the Health?’ Health on the hill

Podcast: KHN’s ‘What the Health?’ Health on the hill

FDA takes new steps to address opioid crisis by approving Opioid Analgesic Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy

FDA takes new steps to address opioid crisis by approving Opioid Analgesic Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy

Half as many people are trying heroin, but marijuana use grows

Half as many people are trying heroin, but marijuana use grows

Researchers develop new generation of pain medications

Researchers develop new generation of pain medications

Researchers take major step forward in finding safe and non-addictive pain killer

Researchers take major step forward in finding safe and non-addictive pain killer

Drug overdose continues to be a significant cause of death in Australia

Drug overdose continues to be a significant cause of death in Australia

Study may fuel need for effective drug testing in hospital emergency departments

Study may fuel need for effective drug testing in hospital emergency departments

As opioid crisis rages, some trade ‘tough love’ for empathy

As opioid crisis rages, some trade ‘tough love’ for empathy