Drug Addiction, Facts About Addiction, Substance Abuse  |  September 01, 2016

The opioid addiction epidemic in America just got worse.

Law enforcement and health officials are reporting that heroin laced with a drug called carfentanil is showing up in increasing frequency throughout the U.S.

Why does that matter?

Carfentanil is perhaps the most potent opioid available commercially.  It is 10,000 times more potent than morphine and it’s a much more dangerous and potent version (or analog) of fentanyl – the drug believed to have killed Prince earlier this year.

A tiny amount of carfentanil can render a 2,000 pound elephant unconscious in seconds.

In humans, the drug can kill with alarming speed.  Just a few grains snorted or injected can make a human stop breathing instantly.  What’s more, it’s dangerous not just to users – but anyone who comes in contact with the drug.  Small grains of it are easily absorbed into the skin.

Even if diluted, a dose just the fraction of the weight of a paper clip could send 500 healthy adults to their death.

The drug is so powerful that first responders often have to use 10 times the amount of the overdose antidote, Narcan, to have any chance of saving the lives of those that have used it.  That’s if they can get to their victims in time.

 It’s believed that most of carfentanil currently being mixed with heroin in the U.S. has been manufactured in China and Mexico.

Why is all of this happening?

You can thank organized medicine and their cohorts, the big drug companies.  Thanks to millions of prescriptions written for opioid drugs – millions of Americans are now hooked on these drugs – including heroin.

The solution?

Proper and effective drug addiction rehab.  And changes in the way physicians use this dangerous class of drugs.

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