Is Fentanyl more potent than heroin? Dr. Michael Lowenstein of the Waismann Method has a piece published on The Hill on fentanyl. Here is an excerpt:
Often times, the illicit drug heroin is thought of as one of the more powerful opioids on the planet. It might be surprising to hear that a relatively common prescription medication, fentanyl, is even more powerful. Furthermore, when the two are combined, it can become a fatal combination.
Heroin has been around since the late 1800s. It is a powerful semi-synthetic opiate derived from the opium poppy and is used illicitly as a recreational drug. Heroin delivers an intense rush or euphoria and is more powerful than most opioid analgesics. Although historically heroin was marketed as a cough suppressant, it has since become a Schedule I (illegal) substance in the United States.
On the other hand, fentanyl is a synthetic opioid compound created in the early 1960s. It is one of the few opioids that is even more powerful than heroin, yet available with prescription.
Is Fentanyl more potent than heroin?