So many kinds of drugs have become more available today. This is also the reason why the problem with drug addiction is never easy to solve. Now, there is an opioid that is considered to be more deadly than fentanyl. Right in the midst of the opioid crisis, another illicit drug has hit the streets of Seattle. Experts say it’s more potent and deadly than other opioids.
The DEA says carfentanil is 10,000 times more potent than morphine and 100 times stronger than fentanyl. It was first detected in Seattle in March. Experts insist its usage is “very rare” in the area, but nonetheless, it’s surfaced in the city. The timing couldn’t be worse. Two people in Washington state overdose on opioids each day. In King County, at least three teenagers have died from fentanyl overdoses recently.
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Banta-Green is a researcher and scientist at the University of Washington’s Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute. He has studied drug trends across the country for 25 years.
“It’s even that much more strong than fentanyl, you need even less of it to get people high or kill people on it,” Banta-Green said.
The DEA says carfentanil is sold as a white powdery substance, or in pill form, and is often combined with other drugs like heroin.
The state crime lab discovered traces of carfentanil in a syringe mixed with other drugs at an unauthorized homeless camp near Seattle’s Fremont Troll and the Aurora Bridge. It’s where five people overdosed on the same day in January — all survived. It is unknown if carfentanil is connected to those overdoses.