The New Deadliest Drug in the World
There’s a new killer in town, and the results are astonishing. Just 2 milligrams of this substance can kill you. A pinch of the synthetic opioid Fentanyl is enough to cause a deadly overdose. Frequently, dealers have been cutting heroin with fentanyl to intensify the potency of the drug. The deadly drug fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid that is like morphine but is 50 to 100 times more potent. Its comes in many forms such as intravenous fentanyl, powered fentanyl, and pill fentanyl. The current danger from this already additive and deadly drug is that drug dealers are cutting their heroin with it. With an unregulated street drug market, addicts are overdoses from heroin because of high volumes of fentanyl inside. Only a pinch of this substance is enough to kill.
One of the more common variations of the drug is in pill form. A green pill stamped with a CDN on one side and 80 on the other. This pill was made as a counterfeit OxyContin pill which hasn’t been produced since 2012. In 1960 a Belgium drug maker company first developed fentanyl as a general anesthetic. The Food and Drug administration (FDA) approved the use of fentanyl in 1968. By the 1990s, fentanyl was used to deal with the pain for cancer patients that other opioid medications couldn’t suppress. As the popularity of fentanyl rose, chemists came up with different chemical versions of the drug.
Carfentanil is an analog of the synthetic opioid analgesic fentanyl. It was found to be 10,000 times more potent than morphine, making it one of the most potent known and the most potent commercially used opioids. A legitimately used anesthetic for large animals like elephants, carfentanil is also believed to have been used as a gas to subdue rebels during a Moscow theater hostage in 2002, killing more than 125 people when a gas version was relapsed into the theater. If you thought Fentanyl was bad, carfentanil is 100 times more powerful than fentanyl.
Now that fentanyl and carfentanil have entered the drug trade, many are worried about the potential outcome. President Donald Trump has promised during his campaign to stop the flow of drugs coming across the United States border with Mexico, he may also want to look towards China. It is believed that the synthetic opioid fentanyl is produced in China.
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