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The Facts About Fentanyl


Illicitly manufactured fentanyl (IMF) is available on the drug market in different forms, including liquid and powder. Fentanyl-laced drugs are extremely dangerous, and many people may be unaware that their drugs are laced with fentanyl.

Street Names for Fentanyl

  • Apache
  • China Town
  • Dance Fever
  • Friend
  • Goodfellas
  • Great Bea
  • He-Man
  • Jackpot
  • King Ivory
  • Murder 8
  • Tango & Cash

Powdered fentanyl looks just like many other drugs. It is commonly mixed with drugs like heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamine and made into pills that are made to resemble other prescription opioids.

In its liquid form, IMF can be found in nasal sprays, eye drops, or dropped onto paper like small candies.


Recognizing the signs of opioid overdose can save a life. Here are some things to look for:

  • Small, constricted “pinpoint pupils”
  • Falling asleep or losing consciousness
  • Slow, weak, or no breathing

Statewide Fentanyl Seizures

  • 7,153,083 fentanyl pills seized
  • 1094 pounds of powder seized
  • More than 200 arrests

Source: DOJ, April 2023

Pharmaceutical Fentanyl Illicitly Manufactured Fentanyl
Made in a sterile factory Made in unsanitary conditions
Carefully blended Sloppy mixing
Dose is precise and consistent Dose is random and variable
Carefully administered by doctors Hidden in the drug supply
Legitimate medical uses Increases drug dealer profits
Death is uncommon when taken as prescribed by a doctor Involved in the majority of US drug deaths in recent years