Carfentanil Poses New Threat
Over 53 deaths have occurred due to the intake of carfentail in South Florida, and most users are blind to what they are ingesting. Commonly used as an elephant tranquilizer, carfentanil is approximately 10,000 times more potent than morphine. Hollywood police say many people who ingest the drug do not know of it’s severity until it is too late.
Carfentanil is being mixed with heroin, cocaine, or other drugs, which poses great threat to users who believe they are ingesting one drug while they are actually taking something far more dangerous. Carfentanil is a synthetic opioid that acts upon the respiratory system. These opiates lower heart rate, blood pressure, and the user’s ability to breathe. Hospital officials say it is so potent that when a patient overdoses they often do not make it to the emergency room in time, if at all.
Carfentanil comes in several forms including powder, pills, patches, and inhalant sprays. First responders fear their own exposure, for the drug can be easily absorbed through the skin or inhaled.
Officials link the drugs emergence with a recent increase in lethal overdoses. According to doctors and Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood, FL, emergency room staff used to see one or two overdoses a week, and are now seeing one to two overdoses a day.
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