Unintentional Fentanyl Contamination

So far through our blog we have primarily covered the presence of fentanyl in black market opioids. However, unintentional fentanyl contamination has become a growing concern among drug users. As covered by a July 2019 article in Vice, in the past few years people have been finding fentanyl in unlikely substances including cocaine, methamphetamine, and ketamine. When we first had a friend find fentanyl in their cocaine we were puzzled, wondering if there had been a false positive. This friend had tested his cocaine twice over, though, with the same positive result. We were perplexed; it wasn’t clear why someone would want to cut a stimulant like cocaine with fentanyl, a sedative. As it turns out, experts have found that the instances of fentanyl being found cocaine, methamphetamine, and ketamine are in fact accidental cross contamination, not intentional adulteration.

Fentanyl has become an incredibly common adulterant, intentionally used to cut heroin as well as pills. Due to its remarkable potency and the haphazard practices of drug suppliers, traceable amounts of fentanyl have been finding their way into unlikely places through sloppy practices when handling drugs. Read the Vice article for the details of their findings.

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