What is Carfentanil?

Carfentanil, or Carfentanyl, is a synthetic opioid with a similar structure to fentanyl. It is 100x more potent than fentanyl and over 10,000x more powerful than morphine. Since 2016, carfentanil has been on the radar as one of the most deadly drugs on the street. As a powerful sedative that is usually used to sedate large animals like elephants, carfentanil is being laced with heroin on the streets causing fatal overdoses for individuals unaware of the dangers associated with this powerful drug. Up until 2017, carfentanil was manufactured legally in China and sold freely on the streets and over the internet. Since, there have been over 300 recorded fatal overdoses associated with carfentanil.

It is extremely easy to be affected by carfentanil, even if you do not ingest it directly. Even the smallest amounts of the drug can be absorbed through the skin or inadvertently inhaled from even the slightest exposure. It only takes 1 microgram to be affected by carfentanil. Similar to opioids, carfentanil has certain side effects that anyone who comes in contact with the drug should be aware of:

  • Nausea
  • Shallow Breathing
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Clammy skin
  • Weak Pulse

As mentioned, it is extremely easy to be inadvertently affected by carfentanil, whether it is you or a loved one who is using. Anyone who is around this drug needs to take extreme precautions to ensure they are not exposed by accident. If there is suspected abuse by one of your loved ones, it is always best to call the proper authorities to handle the situation safely. If you happen to be someone who uses drugs that could be potentially cut with carfentanil, be aware of the potential dangers associated with ingesting even the smallest amount. There are at-home drug tests that can screen urine samples to see if the individual in question has any amount of carfentanil in their system, but it is always best to seek professional help if you have any concern.

 



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