Police warn of drug 100 times more powerful than fentanyl


Police in California are issuing a warning about the dangers of a powerful synthetic opioid.

Carfentanil is 100 times as powerful as fentanyl.

It could pose a danger to law enforcement officers who respond to drug crimes.

Carfentanil is normally used as a tranquilizer for elephants and other large mammals.

In humans, a dose of 0.02 milligrams, the size of a couple of grains of salt, can be lethal.

The drug is hitting the black market. Some people are making it in a pill to resemble Oxycontin or Xanax.

Veterinarians who use the drug in their work know about its potential danger.

“It’s even more stronger than fentanyl so like, if you had a motivation to steal either morphine or fentanyl, carfentanil would be that much stronger,” Langdon Fielding, a veterinarian at Loomis Basin Equire, says.

That same veterinarian says the drug is used on elephants, but it’s too powerful even for horses.

A Sheriff’s association in Sacramento posted a warning on its Facebook page about Carfentanil.

They say the drug hasn’t “hit the streets” there yet.

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