For many years now, Americans have continued to perish from drug overdose. At least 500,000 Americans died of drug overdose between 2000 and 2014. And at a time when it is expected that things get better, newer discoveries are being made that tend to downplay the efforts to bring down the deaths from drug abuse.
A new synthetic opiate known as carfentanil is proving to be quite problematic in the fight against drugs in America. U.S. communities are actually being called upon to be on high alert for the drug that reportedly has the ability literally decimate humans. So why is carfentanil so dangerous? Let’s find out together.
Carfentanil is what most people will call an analog version of fentanyl. And if you have a good memory, you will recall that music icon Prince reportedly died due to an overdose of fentanyl. Carfentanil is used as an animal sedative, but it is highly restricted for veterinarians. Just 5 milligrams of the drug can put down an elephant 26 to 72 times heavier than an average human being.
Carfentanil is reportedly 10,000 times stronger than morphine and at least 100 times stronger than fentanyl. It is so strong that it has no approval whatsoever for human use. The drug is colorless, odorless and will be absorbed through skin contact, inhalation, ingestion and even just by oral exposure. All these make it quite easy for carfentanil to kill through accidental drug poisoning. Experts note that a dose of the drug as small as a grain of salt could be lethal even if it is absorbed through the skin.
Added to the toxicity of carfentanil, it is cheap and accessible and is quite often smuggled. To understand just how dangerous the product is, consider this; 700 people died from fentanyl overdose between 2013 and 2014. Carfentanil is 100 times deadlier than fentanyl. So is carfentanil about to turn the world upside down? It probably is.