U.N. adds opioid Fetanyl ingredients to international list of controlled substances

Tabs of fentanyl, manufactured to look like prescription pills, are seen in a synthetic drug-testing lab at the Drug Enforcement Agency's Special Testing and Research Lab in Sterling, Va. in 2016

Tabs of fentanyl, manufactured to look like prescription pills, are seen in a synthetic drug-testing lab at the Drug Enforcement Agency’s Special Testing and Research Lab in Sterling, Va. in 2016 PHOTO: T.J. KIRKPATRICK FOR THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
  • A UN commission has placed two ingredients to make fentanyl on the list of controlled substances
  • Fentanyl is a man-made opioid 100 times more powerful than morphine 
  • The drug was responsible for more than 20,000 overdose deaths in 2015

A drug blamed for fueling America’s drug epidemic has been singled out by the United Nations as one of the most dangerous substances in the world.

Two ingredients used to the make the drug fentanyl were added to the United Nations’s international list of controlled substances on Thursday.

Fentanyl, the drug responsible for the death of musician Prince last year, is a man-made opioid 100 times more powerful than morphine.

Roughly 20,000 US overdose deaths in 2015 involved heroin or synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, according to the CDC.

The UN says this move could help fight a wave of deaths by overdose.

A UN commission has placed two ingredients used to the make the opioid fentanyl on an international list of controlled substances. Fentanyl is 100 times more powerful than morphine

A UN commission has placed two ingredients used to the make the opioid fentanyl on an international list of controlled substances. Fentanyl is 100 times more powerful than morphine

An annual meeting of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs voted to ‘schedule’ two fentanyl precursors and a fentanyl-like substance – meaning they would be added to an international control list.

Putting the chemicals on the control list ensures closer international monitoring of suspicious orders and transactions, which should make it harder for people aiming to produce fentanyl illegally to get hold of these chemicals.

‘None of us lives under the illusion that this is a silver bullet to solving our opioid crisis,’ a US State Department spokeswoman said in response to the decision.

THE EFFECTS OF FENTANYL

Fentanyl is a man-made opioid that is very potent.

While it is excellent for controlling serious pain, it comes with with huge abuse potential.

It can be between 80 and 500 times stronger than morphine.

Fentanyl is a drug that can be severely harmful, or even fatal, with death usually caused by respiratory failure.

It can be taken as a patch, an oral or nasal spray, a lollipop (a lozenge with a stick handle), or via injection.

The drug is often sold in place of high-grade heroin – referred to as ‘China White’ – or added to heroin to amplify the high.

Short term effects:

  • Reduced feelings of pain
  • Euphoria
  • Relaxtion

Long-term effects:

  • Increase your risk for anoxic injury (damage due to significantly decreased oxygen in the body tissues) and multiple organ system damage
  • Significantly increase your risk of overdose and death
  • Initiate or worsen pre-existing mental health conditions, including depression and/or frequently changing moods

‘But this vote will make it harder for the criminals that are illicitly producing fentanyl to access the necessary resources.

‘It will require countries to regulate the production, sale, and export of the precursors to fentanyl, and to criminalize sale or trafficking outside of those regulations.’

Fentanyl is a potent, synthetic opioid – excellent for controlling serious pain, but also with huge abuse potential. It is can be between 80 and 500 times stronger than morphine.

It can be severely harmful, or even fatal, with death usually caused by respiratory failure.

The drug is often sold in place of high-grade heroin – referred to as ‘China White’ – or added to heroin to amplify the high.

Overtime, fentanyl can increase your risk for anoxic injury (damage due to significantly decreased oxygen in the body tissues) and multiple organ system damage.

It can also initiate or worsen pre-existing mental health conditions, including depression and/or frequently changing moods.

The UN Commission named the two precursors as ANPP and NPP. A fentanyl analog called butyrfentanyl, which is similar to fentanyl, was also added.

The State Department spokeswoman said they were the two leading chemicals used to illegally produce fentanyl in the US.

Both UN and US officials also emphasized that the decision was an example of effective action by the United Nations at a time when the Trump administration is aiming to slash funding for both the State Department and the United Nations.

‘The US mission [to the UN in Vienna]…welcomes this decision as a concrete example of how international action can have a clear benefit for the United States, as we face a crisis taking a tremendous toll on American communities,’ the State Department said in a statement

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One Response to “U.N. adds opioid Fetanyl ingredients to international list of controlled substances”

  1. daveyone1 Says:

    Reblogged this on World Peace Forum.

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