Why fentanyl is so deadly

CBC interviewed Dr. Evan Wood, director of addiction services at Vancouver Coastal Health and a UBC professor of medicine for an article on what makes the drug fentanyl so deadly.

He said a dose of fentanyl could be 100 times smaller than a dose of heroin yet have the same effect on the user.

“Clinically, we aren’t seeing that the majority of people who use fentanyl are looking for fentanyl,” Wood said. “They’re trying to get morphine or hydromorphone … they’re trying to get heroin.”

The story also appeared on Yahoo News.