Authorities warn of 'gray death,' a deadly new opioid combination

Gray death: Dangerous opioid combo is latest mixing trend

Police Warn of Fentanyl Blend Called 'Gray Death' in Ohio

Law enforcement officials learned that Gray Death is alive and well in Cincinnati, Ohio and according to the Drug Enforcement Administration it's showing signs of life, albeit in another form, here in metro Detroit.

A combination of several opioids that included heroin, fentanyl and carfentanil, these drugs are often used to tranquilize large animals such as elephants.

A new opioid drug that looks like concrete can kill in one dose. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has had almost 50 gray death overdose cases in the past three years, primarily from Atlanta area. He says the strong drugs can be absorbed through the skin and, "simply touching the powder puts users, and first responders, at risk".

What is Gray Death? These substances include heroin, carfentanil, or fentanyl.

In Rhode Island, the state has recommended that individuals with a history of cocaine use receive supplies of the anti-overdose drug naloxone.

We are monitoring the potential spread of this deadly combination of drugs.
The chemical was listed by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in the most unsafe drugs they ever regulated past year. In the past three months, there have been at least 50 overdose cases in Georgia involving gray death. "No, it doesn't surprise me", Jon Aronstein of Northampton said.

Last year, opioid overdoses killed at least 1,400 people in MA. "Here in Winter Park, we've had nine - just a year ago - we had nine either heroin-related deaths or near deaths".

So far, it's been limited to the Gulf Coast and states like Georgia and OH and "we are monitoring the potential spread of this deadly combination of drugs", Russ Baer of the federal Drug Enforcement Agency told NBC News. More than 33,000 people succumbed to opioids related cases in the USA, with OH accounting for the maximum 3,050 drug overdose deaths in 2016.

The combo is just the latest in a trend of heroin mixed or laced with other opioids, such as fentanyl - a man-made opioid 100 times more powerful than morphine - that has been around for a few years. That means, a user can be at risk even when touching the drug. It represents the ever-changing nature of the opioid addiction epidemic. Most were the result of opioid painkillers or their relative, heroin.

Heroin led the pack with nearly 13,000 deaths, which is slightly higher than the number of USA gun homicides.

Things just keep getting worse for America when it comes to the opioid crisis. "It took about six hits of NARCAN before they were able to revive him".

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