Did you know that Fentanyl is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine?
A popular synthetic opioid pain reliever, this drug is legally prescribed in the form of transdermal patches or lozenges to help cancer patients and others with severe pain. When made illegally, it’s often mixed with heroin and/or cocaine to amplify its euphoric effects.
In 2018, more than 31,000 people fatally overdosed on synthetic opioids, principally Fentanyl. This represents a tenfold increase in such deaths in a six-year time frame.
Are you concerned that someone you know might be illegally abusing this drug? If so, Fentanyl test strips can provide the answers you need.
Today, we’re sharing how our test strips work and why they’re one of the most important investments you can make on behalf of your loved ones.
Read on to learn everything you need to know.
What is Fentanyl?
As mentioned, Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid analgesic, or pain reliever.
It works by binding to the receptors in your brain. There, it blocks your pain receptors and increases your natural dopamine levels.
For these reasons, it’s often prescribed to help relieve severe pain and suffering. A few of the most common patient groups who are prescribed Fentanyl include:
- People experiencing cancer pain
- People just emerging from surgery
- People with chronic pain who cannot tolerate other opioids
In addition to being more powerful and toxic than morphine, Fentanyl is also 50 times stronger than heroin. Often, heroin is laced with synthetic opioids, including Fentanyl, carfentanil and the designer drug U-47700, and sold under the street name Gray Death. This drug can be injected, smoked, snorted or taken via oral ingestion.
Though it’s often mixed with other substances, Fentanyl is also abused on its own.
In fact, the feeling of euphoria that this drug provides makes it one of the most sought-after illegal opioids on the market. In 2017 alone, 59% of all opioid-related deaths involved Fentanyl, up from just 14.3% in 2010.
Signs of Fentanyl Addiction and Abuse
A person who abuses Fentanyl or is experiencing withdrawal from the drug, will exhibit certain physical symptoms. These may include:
- Rapid heartbeat
- Mood changes
- Chest tightness
- Pounding in the ears
- Abnormal thought patterns
While these signs can point to Fentanyl abuse, they can also be linked to other medical conditions. A rapid detect drug test can help you confirm your suspicion.
Why is it important to act quickly? A Fentanyl overdose can be lethal. Some of the most common overdose symptoms include:
- Pinpoint pupils
- Muscle weakness
- Loss of consciousness
- Extreme tiredness
- Low blood pressure
- Slow or stopped breathing
- Bluish nails and lips
How Do Fentanyl Test Strips Work?
If you have reason to believe that someone close to you is abusing Fentanyl, our test strips can reveal important information you need to know.
Our Instant Fentanyl (FEN) Drug Test works as a rapid, qualitative immunoassay, using a dip card for quick and accurate results. This disposable device checks for the presence of Fentanyl in human urine, with a cut-off concentration of 200 ng/mL.
The test can detect the presence of Fentanyl in urine for someone who has taken the drug in the past two to five days. For that reason, it’s important to act as quickly as possible to make sure your results are correct.
Need to test a group? Every test kit includes a box of 25 testing devices with the package insert.
Forget complicated instructions and a lengthy process. Our one-step, user-friendly dip-and-read procedure makes it easier than ever to achieve a quick, accurate answer in just five minutes!
When first opening the test, allow both the test device and the urine specimen to come to room temperature.
Then, take the test device out of its foil pouch. Take off the cap and label the device appropriately. Then, insert the device’s absorbent tip into the urine for 10 to 15 seconds. Ensure that only the tip of the device comes into contact with the urine, rather than the plastic part.
When enough time has passed, put the device cap back on the absorbent tip. Lay the device on a clean, flat, non-absorbent surface.
Wait five minutes, and then read your test results at the five-minute mark. Note: It’s important to analyze the test right at five minutes. After five minutes have passed, interpretations can become inaccurate.
Each test kit contains an illustrated key that shows the exact line patterns and color developments to look for in your results. Possible results include:
If the test result is negative, two lines will appear.
You’ll see one red line in the control region (C) and a second red or pink line in the test region (T). A negative result means that the Fentanyl concentration in the tested person’s urine is below the detectable level of 200 ng/mL.
One thing to keep in mind? Even if your lines are faint, this still indicates a negative result. While the shade of color in the test region will vary, even the faintest colored line is still considered a negative result.
If the test result is positive, one line will appear in the control region (C).
There will not be a line in the test region (T). A positive result means that the Fentanyl concentration in the tested person’s urine is above the detectable level of 200 ng/mL.
If the test result is invalid, there will be no line in the control region (C). There are a few reasons this might occur.
First, the specimen volume might be insufficient. In other words, there is not enough urine in the sample to produce a valid result. Or, human error might be to blame.
If you followed incorrect procedural techniques while performing the test, the device will fail to work as expected and yield an invalid result. In either case, discard this test and repeat the instructions using a new test dip card.
Points to Know
The shelf life of our Instant Fentanyl Drug Test is between 12 and 18 months. Do not use it after the expiration date.
To ensure an accurate result, keep your kit in room temperature storage.
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Now that you know a little more about how our Fentanyl test strips work, are you ready to purchase a box for yourself?
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