The Washington Post- A substance used to tranquilize elephants that is 100 times more potent than the drug that killed Prince is hitting the Washington suburbs, adding the region to a growing list of communities nationwide reporting fatal overdoses linked to the exotic and toxic sedative.
Three cases out of Anne Arundel and Frederick counties this month mark the first carfentanil-related fatalities in Maryland, alarming local health and law enforcement officials already in a state of emergency combating the opioid crisis.
On Monday, a Virginia man pleaded guilty in a drug distribution case after selling $100 of carfentanil-laced heroin to a 21-year-old found dead by her mother on the bathroom floor of their Fairfax County home.
In recent weeks, police departments across the country announced carfentanil-related fatalities, including cases in Illinois, Colorado, Wisconsin and Minnesota. Law enforcement officials fear the growing lethal overdoses tied to the synthetic opioid marks a new normal in the nation’s heroin epidemic.
“We have never seen death like we do now,” said Tom Synan, head of Hamilton County Heroin Coalition in Ohio, which was among the first spots to discover a string of carfentanil deaths during a week in which the county’s overdoses more than doubled.
Gotta love the the opiate options out there these days. You think parents back then were screaming for arrest and trying to protect their kids from the crazy devil rap music talking about smoking weed, well buck up, Mothers out there. Weed is going to be legal soon enough nationwide and you gotta now protect your kids from using elephant tranquilizer used to sedate a 3 ton animal behemoth. I gotta say, there’s some level of amazement out there. I mean when we live in a world where people take Oxycontin, Cocaine, Crack, LSD, Ketamine, Vicodin, Morphine, Methadone, Heroin, Percocets, MDMA, Crystal meth, GHB, Psilocybin mushrooms, Salvia, DMT, PCP, Barbiturates, Xanax, Valium, Rohypnol, Synthetic weed, Alcohol, and Weed in general, druggies will always find another way to get high. Case and point, someone thought all of these very well known party drugs, downers, and uppers, thought it would be a good idea to take a syringe full of Carfentanil used to tranq elephants and rhinos and decided to use it to get fucked up. Put nothing past drug addicts and their method of getting high. Wouldn’t even be surprised if they straight up told a zoo keeper to shoot em straight in the jugular.