If you use other drugs, you may be at risk of an overdose from fentanyl. You may not know if fentanyl is in your drugs. Fentanyl is often disguised or mixed into other drugs, such as heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine (both powder and crack), MDMA and fake pain, and benzodiazepine pills. This disguising or mixing can happen without the dealers’ or users' knowledge. Fentanyl is undetectable by sight, smell, or taste.
When made and used illegally or recreationally, fentanyl is often:
- A liquid, or a white or brown powder;
- Pressed into a pill, often mislabeled as an actual medication, such as ‘OxyContin’ or ‘Xanax’;
- Mixed in with other illicit drugs, including heroin, methamphetamine, and cocaine (both powder and crack)