In recent years, it seems as if fentanyl has been gaining more popularity among news stories. Still, many people may not fully understand what fentanyl is or why it is cause for such concern, especially when related to drug crimes. If authorities accuse you of illegally possessing or selling this substance, you may find yourself more than interested in all the commotion.
Fentanyl itself is a synthetic opioid intended for pain relief. It has similar properties to morphine, but fentanyl is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine, which also makes it more dangerous when in the wrong hands. As a result, authorities in Tennessee and across the country have been trying to crack down on illegal use of the substance. Unfortunately for you, that could mean having criminal charges brought against you.
What does illegal fentanyl look like?
If authorities suspect you of involvement with illegal fentanyl use or distribution, they may have searched your property looking for the substance in the following forms:
- Pills resembling other opioids
- Nasal sprays
- Eye drops
- Drops on blotter paper
These forms do not coincide with the ways in which doctors distribute prescription fentanyl, like as patches or lozenges. Authorities may also accuse you of mixing fentanyl with other substances, like heroin or cocaine.
What are negative outcomes of fentanyl use?
Typically, individuals use fentanyl for the side effects that they perceive as positive, such as feelings of extreme happiness or sedation. However, this substance could also have other side effects, like unconsciousness, nausea and breathing problems.
If a person purchases fentanyl or another substance without knowing it contains fentanyl, an accidental overdose could occur. If that situation has fatal outcomes and authorities suspect you of providing the substance, you could face even more serious charges.
What can you do about charges?
If the police do charge you with crimes relating to fentanyl possession or distribution, you may understandably worry about your situation. Fortunately, you have the right to create and present a criminal defense against any charge brought against you. It can be difficult to fully understand your options, and it may work to your benefit to obtain professional help during this time. A criminal defense attorney could help you explore your defense options and work toward the best possible outcome for your case.