Why fentanyl is the deadliest opioid in the country

And why the trend refuses to stop

Why fentanyl is the deadliest opioid in the country

A small bag of fentanyl can slide through airport security undetected, yet the tiny mound of power often delivers dire consequences. That’s because 3 milligrams of the opioid – less than a pinch of salt –  is a fatal dose. Although doctors prescribe fentanyl to relieve severe or chronic pain, people abuse the opioid through powders, patches and combinations with other drugs. And then they overdose. Fentanyl claimed the lives of over 20,000 Americans in 2016, making it the deadliest opioid in the country.

But what makes fentanyl so lethal?

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environment

Clean-up chemical at the BP Oil Spill tied to health problems

Clean-up chemical at the BP Oil Spill tied to health problems

Scientists link a chemical frequently used to disperse spilled oil to wheezing, rashes and burning eyes in the recovery workers following the country’s largest-ever spill.

Clean-up chemical at the BP Oil Spill tied to health problems

Scientists link a chemical frequently used to disperse spilled oil to wheezing, rashes and burning eyes in the recovery workers following the country’s largest-ever spill.

environment

PODCAST: Old beef

PODCAST: Old beef

The science of aging meat

A Brazilian city is using DNA to combat the ancient scourge of rats

Genetics could make rodent control strategies more efficient

environment

Sacred jungle medicine tested for hard-to-treat depression

Sacred jungle medicine tested for hard-to-treat depression

Pilot study finds shamanic drink promising, but scientists urge caution

High deductibles likely won’t lower health care costs

Patients with health care plans that pose large upfront costs don’t search for price information

environment

Tiny solar flares may explain the sun’s ridiculously hot atmosphere

The layers of the sun

New evidence suggests tiny solar flares heat the sun’s atmosphere to thousands of times the temperature of its surface.

Cassini was a heart-breaker

Social media made us love—and mourn—a space robot

social science

The frustrating quest to define consciousness

The frustrating quest to define consciousness

Never mind determining whether a robot can be conscious, we can’t even decide what the word means

Televised Debates: Insert Audience Response Here

The motivation for audiences to participate in presidential debates is more than just party fever