Fentanyl is a growing problem in the United States, contributing to the opioid epidemic. On its own, this drug is 50 times more potent than morphine, but increasingly, it is being mixed with other drugs — like heroin or cocaine — to boost the effects of those drugs. Fentanyl is a drug that is prescribed for pain management, but is being manufactured illegally all across the United States and Canada.
If you suspect that your residential home or commercial building has been a place where fentanyl manufacturing has been taking place, it’s important to rely on a trained and certified professional drug lab cleanup company to take care of this. Spaulding Decon is the company you can trust for fentanyl cleanup. We have been performing cleanups just like this since 2005 and serve customers throughout the country with our cleanup services. All of our cleaners are highly trained and hold industry licenses for drug lab cleanup. In addition, they will wear personal protection equipment and follow top procedures to ensure all fentanyl residue is removed from your property and it is safe to occupy.
What is Fentanyl?
Fentanyl is a opioid pain medication that is used to treat patients who are experiencing chronic pain, severe pain after surgery, or the side effects of cancer treatments. Due to its rapid release, pain relief comes swiftly. It also has a short duration of action. Fentanyl is said to be 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine, which is why it is quickly making its way up the list of top painkillers prescribed by doctors.
Unfortunately, fentanyl also has the ability to be abused and it’s become one of the major contributors to the opioid epidemic. Drug manufacturers who obtain this drug illegally are lacing it in other drugs like cocaine, oxycodone, cocaine, or codeine, to increase the effects of these drugs. And since fentanyl is fatal in the smallest of doses, deaths from fentanyl overdose is becoming more and more common.
How is Fentanyl Made
Fentanyl was a highly controlled prescription that was originally made to help cancer patients or those dealing with chronic pain find relief. But as new fentanyl prescription products entered the drug market, it became easier and easier for drug dealers to figure out how to replicate this potent drug. Now, it has become an epidemic. Just a tiny amount of fentanyl can be fatal, which is why it is vitally important to have your property professionally cleaned by technicians wearing PPE.
How Does Fentanyl Differ from Other Drugs?
Fentanyl is far more potent than other drugs on the market. For example, compared to morphine, fentanyl is 50 to 100 times more potent. This is good news for patients who need this drug for pain relief, as they can start feeling better more quickly and without needing as much of the drug. But it’s bad news for those who use this drug illegally, because even the smallest dose can induce an overdose.
Fentanyl is also different in the fact that it can be absorbed through the skin, so even just brushing away the powder is dangerous, which is why you should always turn to a professional fentanyl cleanup company like Spaulding Decon to take care of the decontamination.
How to Test for Fentanyl
Testing for fentanyl can be complicated, as there is no definitive test on the market just yet. At Spaulding Decon, we are experienced in testing for all types of drug manufacturing and we will provide a thorough test before and after the cleanup to ensure we have appropriately removed all fentanyl substances from your property. Since there is no one test for fentanyl alone (considering it is a pain reliever first and foremost), we will test your property for the presence of other substances, such as heroin, oxycodone, or morphine.