Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid, meaning it is made in a lab either legally or illegally. It is 50 to 100 times stronger than other opioids and now the most common drug involved in drug overdose deaths. Even the smallest amount can cause an overdose, and an amount the size of 10-15 pieces of salt can be deadly.

Drug traffickers are mixing fentanyl into other drugs, such as pills, cocaine, or heroin, or in a combination, because it is cheap to make and is very strong. Most people do not know that fentanyl is present in the drugs they are taking.