Carfentanil is a deadly synthetic opioid that has hit the Midwest. This powerful drug is normally used to tranquilize large animals such as elephants and is definitely not intended for humans. Carfentanil is 100x stronger than fentanyl, and fentanyl is 50x stronger than heroin.
The Drug Enforcement Agency reports that this drug, which originates in China, can be ordered online and it has also been sold on the streets. This drug is being sold mixed with heroin or pressed into a pill form. Some users don’t even realize that they have purchased carfentanil and that is a deadly consequence, since just a few grains of it can kill. Carfentanil hit the streets in the Midwest in late summer 2016. Now Milwaukee County has had its first carfentanil death.
Carfentanil has the power to destroy even more lives than prescription opiates, heroin, or fentanyl. We’re extremely troubled by the danger this poses to our community—including the threat faced by first responders, who may come into contact with this intense drug.
As we learn more about carfentanil we’ll share the news with you.
The Partnership for Success Grant was awarded to Milwaukee County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition (MCSAP). The focus of this grant is to bring awareness of abuse and misuse of prescription drugs and opioids among our youth ages 12-25 years old. MCSAP has formed partnerships and launched substance abuse prevention campaigns throughout the county and beyond by reaching out to law enforcement, parents, schools, universities, and Dose of Reality. These prevention efforts can hopefully reduce the trajectory of addiction, overdose, and death.