What is Fentanyl Made Of?
Unlike naturally occurring morphine that is derived from specific opium producing poppy plants, synthetic opioids like fentanyl are created entirely in laboratory settings, by combining specific sets of chemicals, where they are made to mimic the effects of naturally occurring opioids, but in stronger, longer lasting ways.
Typically pure fentanyl is produced in China, where once it has exited the laboratory, it is distributed to countries like Canada, and Mexico to be mixed with other drugs, smuggled into the U.S., and then sold illicitly for “recreational” use.
What is Fentanyl Cut With?
As a largely powdery synthetic opioid, fentanyl does not produce a specific taste, smell, or color when mixed with other illicit substances, making it easy to combine with other types of less expensive drugs, or other cutting substances, for better profit for the seller. Fentanyl has been known to but cut with:
What Does Fentanyl Look Like?
Fentanyl can come in many forms as both a medication, and an illicit substance. Oftentimes illegally manufactured fentanyl is made to mimic the look of the real medication, or other types of prescription drugs. The several most common ways fentanyl may look includes:
Typically when fentanyl is sold on the streets it is found in a powder form, as the light, flakey substances are much easier to transfer into different modes of consumption.