Here comes a tsunami of illegal Fentanyl OD’s ?

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) – “It’s a synthetic opioid very similar in its analog composure to fentanyl, but it’s a lot stronger,” said FBI Associate Special Agent-in-Charge Brad Byerley.

Byerley said the synthetic opioid is 10,000 times stronger than morphine and 5,000 times stronger than heroin. It’s been linked to overdose deaths in cities and towns across the U.S.

“In talking to our lab, 14 exhibits that were seized last year contained carfentanil. Of those 14 exhibits, some were in powder form and some in tablet form. The ones in tablet form each contained a lethal dose of carfentanil,” Byerley said.

Byerley said there are no cases locally, but he worries the deadly drug will eventually show up here. Carfentanil is so potent it can be absorbed through the skin. Often times, it’s sold on the street disguised as heroin.

“It’s not uncommon for us to take down a group and seize a pill press. They’re pressing out heroin, lacing it with fentanyl, and in some cases, the carfentanil, and selling it on the street,” Byerley said.

Byerley said a very small amount can be fatal, and it’s unclear if the opioid antidote, Naloxone, will even be effective.

“The potency of the carfentanil, they’re afraid that Naloxone or the Narcan might not work. Just because it’s so lethal, the fentanyl scares me to death, but the carfentanil takes it to another level,” Byerley said.

The federal agency said carfentanil is coming to the U.S. mainly from China and ordered over the internet.

4 Responses

  1. So…. The government is obviously manipulating this whole thing, legal drugs and illegal drugs. I wonder what the purpose of this is…. More opioid hysteria to push their deadly prohibitionist agenda to kill more disabled people? Some of us see the evil gripping our country and it isn’t in the doctor’s office, it is in government offices…. But, by all means, run out and vote for a Democrat or Republican in the next election. I am surr that will fix things………….

  2. Love how they act as if this is something new, The DEA has very much been well aware that these illicit fentanyl analogs, Have been causing far more deaths then either Heroin or prescription pain medication. Out of 49,068 Opioid Related deaths in 2017, There were 29,406 involving illicit fentanyl analogs. Plus 15,958 involving Heroin, And 14,951 involving prescription pain medication. The sum of these added together is greater then the total number of opioid related deaths due to polydrug use, And the fact that the average overdose involved combinations of multiple drugs found in the victims system. I know someone who overdosed and died back this past August, And the Medical Examiner found Illicit Fentanyl / Heroin/ Cocaine and Tramadol in their system

  3. Are the heroin dealers cutting the heroin or is the heroin coming from China already cut?

    It doesn’t make sense that dealers want to kilL their customs. It makes sense that the Chinese wouldn’t care if we die.

    • Margie, from what I understand the illicit fentanyl analogs are coming from research chemical labs (often located in China). The dealers are spiking their heroin to make it go farther and give it an extra kick. Fentanyl analogs (illicit) are cheap as dirt, are in the form of powders and are strong as hell, so a little bit goes a long way. As strange as it sounds, many addicts will buy from a dealer who is known to cut their heroin with fentanyl powder because they know it will give them a much stronger high than heroin would by itself. Very sad situation.

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