Fentanyl Patch Use An Overview
The reason of death in two cases was due to overdose of fentanyl. The deceased had used fentanyl patches that had been prescribed for someone else. The three organizations met to discuss the issues raised by the chief coroner and have jointly agreed to inform their registrants about the potential for misuse and abuse of both used and unused patches.A fentanyl patch is used to provide continuous opioid pain killer for 72 hours, after which it should be removed and replaced with a new patch. A used fentanyl patch may contain enough residual drug to cause harm. Studies have found that after three days of continuous use, fentanyl patches may still contain 30% to 50% or more of the labelled amount of fentanyl. Therefore, the appropriate disposal of used and unused patches is imperative in health care facilities and in the community.