You only need to read the next sentence to find out the dangers of carfentanil. It can kill you!
Carfentanil is normally used as a tranquilizer for large mammals such as elephants. Recently it has come on the drug market for the same reasons as fentanyl. Drug deals are adding it to heroin to beef up the potency and therefore make higher profits. Carfentanil, the size of a grain of salt or a poppy seed, can kill you. It is 10,000 times more powerful than morphine and 100 times more potent than fentanyl.
Even without synthetic substances like fentanyl and carfentanil, those addicted to opioids can still overdose and die. Drug dealers don’t care if you live or die. When fentanyl, or worse carfentanil, is mixed in with heroin you won’t know how much you’re getting. Your next hit could be your last.
You can’t even get addicted to carfentanil because you’ll die first! Even Naloxone, the medicine that can, if administered properly and in time, reverse the effects of an opioid overdose, won’t work with carfentanil. Are you scared enough to get some help for drug addiction before it’s too late?
It is believed that carfentanil is being manufactured in China and vendors are bringing it into Mexico and South America. The spiked heroin then gets trafficked into the United States. If any good news is to be found about this ultra dangerous synthetic opioid it is that in March 2017, carfentanil was classified as a controlled substance. The drug will still be made secretly by criminals, and regulating will still be extremely difficult, but law enforcement is somewhat encouraged by the start of international cooperation to control the distribution of the drug.
Certain states in America have been hit hard from the introduction of carfentanil. In July 2017, according to the office of the Attorney General, 143 deaths were attributed to carfentanil in New Hampshire. Other cases were waiting for toxicology reports. Because the amount needed to spike heroin is miniscule, it is difficult for authorities to discern whether carfentanil was used and is a factor in the death of an individual. Recently, however, new tests for carfentanil detection have been introduced that will make recordkeeping easier and thus highlight the problem so that more lives can be saved.
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