Drug Enforcement Administration warns public about dangers of carfentanil

Posted at 4:36 PM, Sep 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-22 19:36:52-04

The Drug Enforcement Administration has issued a warning to the public regarding carfentanil.

The drug is a syntethic opioid that is 10,000 times more potent than morphine and 100 times more potent than fentanyl, a drug which is already 50 times more potent than heroin.

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Improper handling of carfentanil, as well as fentanyl and other fentanyl-related compounds, has deadly consequences.

“Carfentanil is surfacing in more and more communities.” said DEA Acting Administrator Chuck Rosenberg. “We see it on the streets, often disguised as heroin.  It is crazy dangerous.  Synthetics such as fentanyl and carfentanil can kill you."

Sometimes fentanyl or carfentanil is mixed with heroin to increase its potency, but dealers and buyers may not know exactly what they are selling or ingesting.

For more information, you can visit the DEA's website.