A new and extremely dangerous combination of opioids has been spreading across the US. The name of this combo is the Gray Death. Authorities are warning people about this mix of opioids which can be lethal. This new drug looks like concrete and comes in different consistencies from hard to fine powder.
Gray Death Is A Lethal New Mix
Gray Death is a combination of opioid including fentanyl, heroin, U-47700 (a synthetic opioid), and carfentanil (elephant tranquilizer). Most users do not know the concentration or composition of this deadly mix.
The combo’s ingredients can also be absorbed through the skin. People can risk overdosing by simply touching this substance. The Drug Enforcement Administration listed the synthetic opioid U-47700 as one of the most dangerous drugs as this opioid was linked to hundreds of deaths.
“Gray death is one of the scariest combinations that I have ever seen in nearly 20 years of forensic chemistry drug analysis,” says Deneen Kilcrease.
She is the manager of the chemistry section at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. This opiate mix is stronger than heroin. The substance can be swallowed, injected, snorted, or smoked.
Over the last three months, in Atlanta, there were more than 50 overdoses reported that involved this mix of opioids. This is just the latest trend in the opioid epidemic that continues to affect the US. In 2015, more than 33,000 people overdosed on opioids in the US.
The fact that individuals who overdose on this new mix or other opioid drugs believe that they are buying heroin is a major problem. Actually, they are getting fentanyl-laced heroin or other dangerous substances.
This increases the risk of overdosing because people don’t know the composition of the drug they just purchased. Carfentanil, for instance, is lethal in very small doses. It is used to tranquilize large animals, and less than 2 mg can kill a person.
Another issue is that the base substances keep changing. Investigators and researchers are having a hard time figuring out the exact combination of ingredients they are dealing with.
Health officials and enforcement officers are trying to find a solution to the opioid crisis, but the problem keeps getting bigger each day. This national health problem is claiming the lives of hundreds of people every year in the US.
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