Carfentanil, an elephant tranquilizer and synthetic opioid that is 10,000 times stronger than morphine, has killed five more individuals in Minnesota. Reports indicate that local supplies of the drug originated in China, and may have been brought to the U.S. as a result of the efforts of drug cartels and other individuals working over the dark web.
Unlike dangerous drugs such as morphine, heroin, and even fentanyl, Carfentanil is so deadly that it can easily kill adults by accident. While it’s true that a large amount of children, as well as some elderly individuals, have died or become seriously sick from exposure to opioids like fentanyl, most of these drugs are not nearly concentrated enough to accidentally kill an adult who is not intentionally using the substance. This is why first responders and other health and law enforcement officials, such as crime scene investigators, often need to wear gloves and even masks if they believe they could come into contact with Carfentanil.
From August to September 2016, carfentanil-laced heroin overdoses killed over 300 people in U.S. While it’s true that Carfentanil has been abused for many years, it’s use was not widespread in the country until recently. The most dramatic wave of Carfentanil-related deaths began last August, in which heroin laced with the potent drug lead to more than 300 deaths in Ohio, West Virginia, Indiana, and Kentucky during a one month period.
Before this rapid surge of deaths, Carfentanil-related overdoses in the U.S. were rare, but the drug had caused a large amount of deaths in Eastern Europe since the early 2000s, when blackmarket versions of the drug began to appear in Estonia.
Each year, using drugs in the U.S. gets more dangerous, partly because drugs like heroin, oxycodone and other opiate and non-opiate drugs have increasingly been laced with deadly substances like fentanyl and Carfentanil. The rise in deaths related to these dangerous drugs means that more focus is needed on treating, educating, and assisting addicts in order to help them treat and manage their substance abuse and dependence.
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