Fentanyl, the dangerously potent opioid, has swept the nation over the past decade. The drug is roughly 50 times stronger than heroin and has led to a dramatic spike in overdose deaths in many cities.
The fentanyl epidemic, as many are now labeling it, has claimed thousands of lives and continues to reap its bloody toll on Americans from all walks of life. Considering college students are at high risk for substance abuse, understanding the scale of the crisis and the associated risk factors is key to avoiding a potentially life-shattering experience.
“The fentanyl threat is impacting communities across the country and knows no socioeconomic boundaries,” said DEA public information officer Sally Sparks in an email. “Fentanyl is the leading cause of death for adults ages 18-45 in the U.S.”