What Is Purple Fentanyl?

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In 2022, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that there were 107,375 deaths from overdose in the United States (1). Among that, 67 percent involved synthetic opioids like fentanyl. One hundred times more powerful than morphine, fentanyl is one of the hardest-hitting and most deadly drugs available. Used medically as a pain reliever, fentanyl has risen up on the streets due to the ease in which amateurs can make it. It’s this novice approach to a deadly substance that makes it one of the easiest to overdose on and hardest to quit once you become hooked. Even worse, a new form of fentanyl, purple fentanyl, has made an appearance in recent years and has contributed to even more overdose-related fatalities.

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What Is Fentanyl?

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid traditionally used to help patients manage severe pain (2). For those recovering from intense surgery or cancer patients, fentanyl’s high potency, over a 100 times that of morphine, helps to numb the effects. Binding to opioid receptors in the brain and spinal cord, fentanyl reduces pain signals sent to the body.

How Is Fentanyl Taken?

Traditional fentanyl is available in a variety of ways including:

  • Tablets
  • Injections
  • Transdermal patches

Purple fentanyl, however, can be taken in additional ways, making taking the proper dose and avoiding overdose more difficult.

What Is Purple Fentanyl?

Purple fentanyl is typically a collection of different substances like heroin and cocaine mixed with fentanyl before being dyed purple. Sold under a variety of street names, this form of fentanyl is often one of the most dangerous.

Why Is Purple Fentanyl So Dangerous?

What makes purple fentanyl particularly hazardous is its composition. It is usually made from several different chemical substances, and concocted by someone who does not have a firm grasp on potentially lethal doses. Purple fentanyl is the experimental version of an already dangerous drug; one that can easily be fatal.

What Are the Signs of Fentanyl Addiction?

There are a number of physical symptoms that someone with an addiction to fentanyl can display. They include:

  • Pinpoint pupils. A dilation of the dark part of the eye.
  • Labored or slowed breathing. Fentanyl can cause a slowing of the respiratory system and slow a person’s breath. Extreme cases can lead to respiratory failure.
  • Drowsiness. As a painkiller, fentanyl can act as a sedation agent.
  • Nausea and vomiting.
  • Constipation.
  • Itching.
  • Confusion.
  • Muscle weakness.

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How Is Purple Fentanyl Different From Other Forms of Fentanyl?

One of the unique aspects of purple fentanyl that adds to its dangers are the variety of ways it can be ingested. Snorted, smoked, or injected, purple fentanyl’s methods of use can make it harder to identify overdose symptoms.

Another difference between purple fentanyl and other forms of fentanyl is the method of ingestion. Because purple fentanyl is often mixed with other drugs, it can be ingested in a variety of ways, such as snorting, smoking, or injecting. This can make it more difficult to identify and treat overdose symptoms.

What Are the Signs of Purple Fentanyl Overdose?

  • Blue or purple lips/nails.
  • Extreme lethargy and drowsiness.
  • Slowed or labored breathing.
  • Confusion.
  • Nausea and vomiting.
  • Dizziness.
  • Seizures.
  • Loss of consciousness.

Due to its potency, even a small amount of purple fentanyl can cause an overdose.. It is important to seek immediate medical attention if you suspect a purple fentanyl overdose, as it can lead to respiratory failure and death if left untreated.

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When you are struggling with purple fentanyl addiction, finding the motivation to start on the path toward recovery can feel like an insurmountable challenge. The good news is that you don’t have to go through it alone. Guardian Recovery is here to support you every step of the way once you make the decision to seek help. To begin, we conduct a brief pre-assessment to determine which level of clinical care is most appropriate for your needs. We also offer a free, no-obligation health insurance benefit check to determine whether our services are partially or fully covered.

For individuals battling purple fentanyl addiction, the first step in the treatment process is typically entering a medical detox center. Our detox programs are designed to provide a safe and comfortable withdrawal from the drug, before progressing to the next stage of treatment. If you’re ready to take the first step on your journey toward purple fentanyl addiction recovery, don’t hesitate to contact us today to learn more about our detox options and personalized treatment plans.

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  1. https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/pressroom/nchs_press_releases/2022/202205.htm
  2. https://nida.nih.gov/publications/drugfacts/fentanyl

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