Abstract The objective of this study was to determine the binding affinities of (±)-cis-N-[1-(2-hydroxy-2- phenylethyl)-3-methyl-4-piperidyl]-N-phenylpropanamide-HCI (RTI-4614-4), which is an analog of (+)-cis-3-methylfentanyl for opioid receptor subtypes. The Ki values (nM) of this agent for opioid receptor subtypes were as follows: mu (0.0055), delta (148), kappa 1 (84.8), kappa 2a (2275), and kappa 2b (22.3). The selectivity of this agent for the mu binding site was 27,000 vs. the delta binding site, 15,400 vs. the kappa 1 binding site, 413,700 vs the kappa 2a and 4,054 vs the kappa 2b binding site. In contrast, two other fentanyl analogs, N-(2-(4-methylpyridinyl))-N-(1-phenethyl-4-piperidinyl)2-furamide and N-(2-pyrazinyl)-N-(1-phenethyl-4-piperdinyl)2-furamide had considerably higher Ki values at, and were less selective for, the mu binding site. Since RTI-4614-4 is composed of a mixture of four stereoisomers, the resolution of these isomers should permit identification of an extremely potent and selective agent for the opioid μ receptor.