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Deadly Carfentanil
Posted by:Jenn--Thursday, January 26, 2017

You have probably seen the warnings on the news about carfentanil, the dangerous opioid that is 10,000 times more potent than morphine and 100 times more potent than fentanyl, which itself is 50 times more potent than heroin.  Carfentanil has been linked to a significant number of overdose deaths in various parts of the country. On the streets, it is often disguised as heroin. 
Improper handling of carfentanil can have deadly consequences, whether it is inhaled, ingested, or even touched.  Considering that it is used as a tranquilizing agent for elephants and other large mammals, it is not surprising to learn that carfentanil (and other fentanyl-related compounds) pose a serious danger to the public, including first responders and other medical personnel. 
Immediately administering naloxone, an an antidote for opioid overdose, can reverse an overdose of carfentanil, fentanyl, or other opioids, although multiple doses of naloxone may be required. 
More information about carfentanil can be found at https://www.dea.gov/divisions/hq/2016/hq092216.shtml

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