Fentanyl – the drug 50 times stronger than heroin | 60 Minutes Australia SUBSCRIBE: https://youtu.be/xsXMP6qQv-w : The drug Fentanyl was created almost 60 years ago as a painkiller. There’s no doubt it works – it’s 50 times stronger than heroin. But as well as being dangerously potent, it’s also highly addictive, which has now transformed it from painkiller to plain killer. In the United States, a national emergency has been declared because of an epidemic of fatal Fentanyl overdoses; deaths which include entertainment icons, Prince and Tom Petty. And it’s the ease of access to the drug – there and now in Australia – which is responsible. Addicts don’t need to meet a dodgy dealer in an alleyway to get a hit, rather they simply make an appointment with their local GP, and ask for a prescription (2018).
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