<a href="http://www.cnn.com/2016/08/24/health/elephant-tranquilizer-carfentanil-heroin/" target=blank" CNN
Carfentanil-Laced Heroin Causes Rise In OD Rates In At Least Two States
Carfentanil can slow breathing significantly. It’s not approved for human use but is used commercially to sedate large animals, such as elephants. About 2 milligrams can knock out a nearly 2,000-pound African elephant.
Many users may not know they are even taking the drug, officials have said, as dealers are cutting heroin with fentanyl analogues to give it a boost and stretch their supply.
Its potency is deadly, and it’s causing concern for those fighting the heroin epidemic, as recent overdose outbreaks in Ohio, Indiana and Florida have been linked to the drug.
As of Thursday, Hamilton County, OH had dealt with 90 overdoses in one week. S**t is so real, that they’re running out of the medication used to treat ODs in Jennings County, IN. WCPO in Cincinnati reports cops are even begging people to leave that smack alone.
“We’re urging you, please don’t do heroin right now,” said Newtown police Chief Tom Synan, head of the Hamilton County Heroin Task Force, “If for no other reason, because we don’t know what’s in the stuff on the street.”
Synan said the dealers know they’re distributing a deadly mix and they’re doing it on purpose.
“These people are intentionally putting in drugs they know can kill someone,” said Synan. “The benefit for them is if the user survives it is such a a powerful high for them, they tend to come back … If one or two people dies, they could care less. They know the supply is so big right now that if you lose some customers in their eyes there’s always more in line.”
The biggest issue here though: the DEA doesn’t track carfentanil production or supply. And the cops have no way of figuring out if batches of china white are laced.
Way to go, war on drugs.