Synthetic opioids are finding their way into a variety of drugs being sold on the streets, not just opiates. Fentanyl, which made headlines when it was found in the toxicology report of musician and artist Prince, was just the beginning of synthetic opiates being discovered. Unfortunately, most synthetic opiates are making their debut through clusters of overdoses around the country. Whether it is through opiate painkillers like Norco, bags of heroin, or pills that are supposed to be benzodiazepines like Xanax, synthetic opiates are taking lives.
What is Carfentanil?
Like Fentanyl, carfentanil is made in a lab. Synthetic opiates are not without purpose. Though the human brain has naturally present opioid receptors, which helps with pain relief, not everyone naturally responds to natural opiate drugs. Natural opiate drugs would be those containing a type of morphine, which is what the body produces when it digests heroin. For such people who are also chronic pain patients, there is a need for intensive pain relief similar to what an opiate can offer, without the actual use of an opiate. Fentanyl is prescribed in a pill or a patch form.
Manufacturers across the seas have learned how to make synthetic opiates on their own, turning to higher and higher potency drugs. Where Fentanyl was reported to be about 50 times more potent than morphine, Carfentanil is 100 times stronger. Not only is Carfentanil a remarkably strong synthetic opiate, it is strong enough to take down an animal. Commonly, Carfentanil is used in veterinary medicine to tranquilize animals of size, such as an elephant. Compare the size, weight, and metabolism of an elephant to the average opiate addict on the street and quickly see the rising concern regarding Carfentanil.
How is Carfentanil Detected?
Unless a drug dealer is aware of Carfentanil in the drugs, there is virtually no way of detecting it, until it shows up in a urinary analysis or a toxicology report. Carfentanil as its own substance is colorless and odorless. It is also highly water soluble. In liquid form, just one drop of Carfentanil on human skin could result in a fatal overdose. Multiply that by a bag of heroin, a pill, or any other substance containing the drug, and the effects are innumerable.
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