Is Australia Prepared for a Fentanyl Crisis?

     August 14, 2023 ·  

  • Is Australia Prepared for a Fentanyl Crisis?

    It is near impossible to discuss the drug landscape today without the mention of one word: fentanyl

    The drug is responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people, and experts warn that it is increasingly being found in - or en route to - Australia. 

    Is Australia facing a fentanyl crisis in our future? And are we prepared for if or when it arrives on our shores?

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  • Fentanyl is Dangerous but so is Disinformation

     August 26, 2022 ·   · 1 reaction

  • Fentanyl is Dangerous but so is Disinformation

    Law enforcement and drug law reformers have been warning for years, that fentanyl will come to Australia.

    At Drug Policy Australia, we advocate for ensuring the Australian public is equipped with the information needed to make well-informed choices about what they use, so let’s make this clear.

    Fentanyl is very dangerous.

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  • Fentanyl: The Growing Threat to Australian Communities

     February 16, 2022 ·  

  • Fentanyl: The Growing Threat to Australian Communities

    Everyone is familiar with heroin, cocaine, and morphine. Commonly demonised and at times glamorised, these organic substances have been used and readily available for decades. However, recently a synthetic opioid, fentanyl, has seen increased use globally, both medically and recreationally.

    Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid made from readily available chemical precursors is typically used to treat severe and chronic pain in cancer patients. In 2006, fentanyl became more widely available when the Australian Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme expanded the approved use of fentanyl for other chronic pain, including nerve damage and major trauma. Unfortunately, whilst this novel form of pain relief may have its benefits, the expansion of the use of fentanyl began an ever-increasing trend of dangerous use and harmful consequences.

    Fentanyl Testing Strips Available. Free Postage Anywhere in Australia

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  • Fentanyl Testing Strips delivered anywhere in Australia. Fentanyl is turning up in Sydney making illicit drug use even riskier. Fentanyl test strips saves lives by alerting the user to Fentanyl contamination.

     February 03, 2021 ·   · 2 reactions

  • Fentanyl Testing Strips delivered anywhere in Australia. Fentanyl is turning up in Sydney making illicit drug use even riskier. Fentanyl test strips saves lives by alerting the user to Fentanyl contamination.

    On February 21 NSW Health issued a warning about methamphetamine and cocaine being contaminated with the dangerous opioid fentanyl.

    Several people who had taken these illicit stimulant drugs presented to Sydney hospitals with symptoms of opioid overdose, raising the alarm. Drug tests found fentanyl and acetyl-fentanyl had caused the overdoses.

    It's believed to be the first time fentanyl has been found in stimulant drugs in Australia.

    People using stimulants like methamphetamine and cocaine are not looking for the depressant effects of opioids. They would not have expected their drugs to contain fentanyl.

    While you never know for sure what you're getting when you buy illicit drugs, this is an extreme case.

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