Heroin Mixed With Elephant Tranquilizer Kills Dozens In Ohio

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Published on 26 Aug 2016, 0:29
A medical examiner in Ohio has issued a public warning about a dangerous drug that hit the streets this summer. It has sent dozens to the hospital -- and dozens more to the morgue. According to CBS News addicts often don’t know what’s mixed into the heroin they get from dealers, but few if any suspect it contains the powerful opioid carfentanil. Carfentanil is so deadly, it is not even prescribed for humans -- it’s typically used to tranquilize large animals like elephants. The drug is 100 times more potent than fentanyl, and 10,000 times more potent than morphine. Amazingly, carfentanil abuse is spreading. Authorities say at least 30 people have died from these overdoses in the Akron, Ohio​ area since the July 4th weekend.

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