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  • N-Phenyl-N-[1-(2-phenylethyl)piperidin-4-yl]furan-2-carboxamide
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Molar mass374.484 g·mol−1
3D model (JSmol)
  • O=C(N(C1CCN(CC1)CCc2ccccc2)c3ccccc3)c4occc4
  • InChI=1/C24H26N2O2/c27-24(23-12-7-19-28-23)26(21-10-5-2-6-11-21)22-14-17-25(18-15-22)16-13-20-8-3-1-4-9-20/h1-12,19,22H,13-18H2

Furanylfentanyl (Fu-F) is an opioid analgesic that is an analog of fentanyl[1] and has been sold as a designer drug.[2][3] It has an ED50 value of 0.02 mg/kg in mice.[4] This makes it approximately one fifth as potent as fentanyl.[5]

Side effects[edit]

Side effects of fentanyl analogs are similar to those of fentanyl itself, which include itching, nausea and potentially serious respiratory depression, which can be life-threatening. Fentanyl analogs have killed hundreds of people throughout Europe and the former Soviet republics since the most recent resurgence in use began in Estonia in the early 2000s, and novel derivatives continue to appear.[6]

Life-threatening adverse reactions caused by furanylfentanyl use have been observed in Sweden[7] and Canada.[8] At least seven deaths in Cook County, Illinois, have been linked to furanylfentanyl in 2016, with additional deaths in suburban Chicago in 2017.[9][10][11]

Detection in biological fluids[edit]

Furanylfentanyl may be measured in blood or urine to monitor for use, confirm a diagnosis of poisoning, or assist in a medicolegal death investigation. Commercially available immunoassays are often used as initial screening tests, but chromatographic techniques are generally used for confirmation and quantitation. Blood furanylfentanyl concentrations are expected to be in a range of 1-45 μg/L in victims of fatal overdosage.[12][13][14]

Legal status[edit]

Furanylfentanyl is illegal in Sweden as of January 2016.[15]

The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) proposed a temporary placement of furanylfentanyl into Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act on 27 September 2016.[16] On November 29, 2016, the DEA issued its final rule, making furanylfentanyl Schedule I.[17][18]

See also[edit]


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  8. ^ Klar SA, Brodkin E, Gibson E, Padhi S, Predy C, Green C, Lee V (September 2016). "Notes from the Field: Furanyl-Fentanyl Overdose Events Caused by Smoking Contaminated Crack Cocaine - British Columbia, Canada, July 15-18, 2016". MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. 65 (37): 1015–1016. doi:10.15585/mmwr.mm6537a6. PMID 27657853.
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  10. ^ Mohr AL, Friscia M, Papsun D, Kacinko SL, Buzby D, Logan BK (November 2016). "Analysis of Novel Synthetic Opioids U-47700, U-50488 and Furanyl Fentanyl by LC-MS/MS in Postmortem Casework". Journal of Analytical Toxicology. 40 (9): 709–717. doi:10.1093/jat/bkw086. PMID 27590036.
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  12. ^ Baselt, R. (2017) Disposition of Toxic Drugs and Chemicals in Man, 11th edition, Biomedical Publications, Foster City, CA, p. 2315.
  13. ^ Mohr AL, Friscia M, Papsun D, Kacinko SL, Buzby D, Logan BK (November 2016). "Analysis of Novel Synthetic Opioids U-47700, U-50488 and Furanyl Fentanyl by LC-MS/MS in Postmortem Casework". Journal of Analytical Toxicology. 40 (9): 709–717. doi:10.1093/jat/bkw086. PMID 27590036.
  14. ^ Dybowski MP, Dawidowicz AL (January 2020). "Furanylfentanyl in whole blood measured by GC–MS/MS after QuEChERS extraction in a fatal case". Forensic Toxicology. 38 (2): 496–504. doi:10.1007/s11419-019-00515-9. ISSN 1860-8973. S2CID 209897483.
  15. ^ "31 nya ämnen kan klassas som narkotika eller hälsofarlig vara" (in Swedish). Folkhälsomyndigheten. 17 November 2015.
  16. ^ Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) (27 September 2016). "Proposed Rule: Schedules of Controlled Substances: Temporary Placement of Furanyl Fentanyl Into Schedule I". Federal Register.
  17. ^ "2016 - Final Order: Temporary Placement of Furanyl Fentanyl Into Schedule I". www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov.
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