US officials warn carfentanil – a drug 100 times more powerful than fentanyl and used to eliminate elephants – leads to a new peak in overdoses
- Carfentanil is 100 times stronger than fentanyl, which is 100 times stronger than heroin
- 2 mg of fentanyl is fatal, while 0.2 mg of carfentanil can kill an adult male
Carfentanil, fentanyl's even more deadly cousin, is now widespread in the US drug supply and is causing an increase in overdoses, US officials warn.
The drug is not new, but until now it had been on the fringes of the opioid epidemic.
In recent months, however, it has been involved in an increasing number of overdoses, mostly in people who accidentally used traces of it in street-bought prescription pills such as Oxycontin and Xanax.
While fentanyl – 100 times stronger than heroin – can kill an adult man with 2 milligrams, just over 0.2 mg is deadly when it comes to carfentanil.
The potential has made it a useful tool for animal caretakers of rhinos and elephants: fentanyl can calm a horse, but its effects are measly on larger animals.
Carfentanil is 100 times stronger than fentanyl, which is 100 times stronger than heroin
The drug was responsible for 27 percent of accidental overdoses in Michigan in 2016/2017, 15 percent of deaths in Canada & British Columbia last year, and
But the authorities are in a lost battle for the mills trying to close the supply chain.
The drug can be purchased online for $ 7.50 per gram.
Many take it through other medicines purchased from street vendors, without knowing that it contained carfentanil.
This year the Drug Enforcement Agency insists that they make at least some progress at the local level.
In February, a woman from Cincinnati was accused of the first federal case related to the carfentanil trade, which received a four-year prison sentence.
Last month, the San Diego police arrested 14 people allegedly detained in a gang, & # 39; the Crooked Angels & # 39 ;, cutting off carfentanil in opioids, allegedly responsible for three overdoses and one death.
It was a big moment for the DEA.
& # 39; He is always lurking there on the outskirts of the city. You don't know when it's going to show, & # 39; San Diego DEA Special Agent, Colin Ruane, told the San Diego Union Tribune.
& # 39; That's the scary thing about it all. You think you're using heroin or oxycodone or Xanax and you don't know what's inside. & # 39;