What Is Carfentanil or Carfentanyl?
Carfentanil is a powerful analog of the synthetic opioid, fentanyl. Now, considering that fentanyl is 100 times more potent than morphine, that means Carfentanil is 100 times more powerful than fentanyl. Therefore, Carfentanil is 10,000 times more potent than morphine. This drug was first synthesized in 1974 by Janssen Pharmaceutica. Since then, the drug toxicity levels have been compared to nerve gas and used by terrorist groups as a potentially lethal weapon. Typically veterinary clinics have this medication for sedation use in enormous animals, such as elephants. This drug is so deadly, that when professionals handle it, they need to use protective gear, so they don’t absorb it through their skin or breath it in the air.
Carfentanil and Heroin Addiction
It is essential to understand that even those who have a very high tolerance for opioid drugs, a tiny dose of carfentanil, even the size of a grain of sand, can lead to a lethal overdose. As a result, Carfentanil is found in heroin and cocaine sold all over the US. Many believe that drug dealers try to increase the potency of their drugs by lacing their products with fentanyl and carfentanyl, which has greatly increased the number of overdose deaths in the last few years.
Carfentanil, Gray Death, Pink, U-47700, U4, and W-18
While the addition of fentanyl to heroin and cocaine has led to an unimaginable number of overdoses, carfentanil has led people to a much faster and irreversible lethal overdose. The dose drug dealers use to cut carfentanyl is usually so minuscule; forensic chemists often have a difficult time finding it. Although, that small tiny amount is enough to kill a human being. Public health authorities, recommends that police officers, first response workers, forensic technicians and chemists who come in contact with illicit drugs must use protective gear to avoid health risks to themselves.
Gray death is a street drug that contains heroin, fentanyl, and carfentanil. Samples of this drug have been found in the designer drug U-47700. The name “Gray Death” comes from its similar concrete appearance and its deadly effects. U-47700, also known as Pink and U4, is a potent and fatal synthetic opioid drug. Initially developed in the early 70s by Upjohn Pharmaceuticals and not intended for human consumption.
After 46 deaths were reported in 2015 and 2016, the DEA classified U-47700 as a Schedule I substance. The Schedule I category means that this particular drug has no practical use in medicine and has a very high risk for abuse, dependence, and addiction.
Because of carfentanil’s powerful effects on the human body, deadly results are very rapid. When a person receives even the tiniest dose of this drug, onset is rapid, difficult to reverse, and extremely hard to treat.
The drug rapidly attaches to opioid receptors overwhelming the chemical balance, which leads to an immediate overdose. These effects ones slow and compromises breathing rate, which often leads to an overdose. Exposure to carfentanil produces signs and symptoms very similar to those of opioid toxicity and overdose:
- Sudden drowsiness
- Shallow breathing (respiratory depression)
- Loss of consciousness
- Nausea, vomiting
- Heart failure
- Weak or absent pulse
- Cold, clammy skin
- Cardiac arrest
The Drug Enforcement Administration issued a warning in September 2016 which included a disclaimer that overdose symptoms of carfentanyl could begin within minutes after exposure to the drug. Any person experiencing these symptoms should seek immediate medical attention. Additionally, someone needs to administer a dose of naloxone at the first sign of overdose, while waiting for emergency medical services to arrive.
Opioid Addiction Help
It is unlikely that you or a loved one will become addicted to carfentanil, but those who struggle with opioid addiction, especially heroin, are at significant risk of overdosing from this drug. In the past, there were many reasons why people did not seek help for their addiction. The main reason was fear of withdrawal, the second being the low success in drug rehabs. However, those are both concerns from the past.
The Waismann Method® has been offering medical opioid detoxification that is fast, humane and effective. The medical director admits patients to a private hospital where they receive top medical care, compassion, and individual attention. Unlike drug rehabs, there are no groups, no public shame, and no unnecessary suffering. A professional staff is there around the clock to kindly get you where you need to be.
There is no cookie-cutter treatment and people are seen, hear heard and understood. Detoxification protocol, treatment plan and even length of stay are based on each person’s unique needs. Waismann Method and Domus Retreat are for those who want the best treatment for opioid dependence available. It is possible to overcome an opioid addiction, with the right treatment program