Officials issue warning over deadly new dangerous drug

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Authorities issue warning about a deadly drug that could kill users with a single dose.

The new street drug dubbed  “gray death” by authorities has reportedly been connected with over fifty overdose cases that have taken place across Georgia, Alabama, and Ohio in the last three months.

Fox News reports the lethal cocktail sells for about $10 on the street and includes heroin, fentanyl, an elephant tranquilizer carfentanil, and a synthetic opioid called U-47700, which results in a concrete-like consistency.

Authorities claim it can kill users with a single dose when the drug is injected, swallowed, inhaled or snorted.

Fox News reports:

Law enforcement officials believe a price drop led users to switch from prescription painkillers to heroin, which is often cut with fentanyl — a drug that is 50 times more potent than heroin and 100 times more potent than morphine. Most alarming to officials is that users do not have a way of telling if heroin is pure or laced with other drugs before using it. The same goes for the gray death.

“Gray death is one of the scariest combinations that I have ever seen in nearly 20 years of forensic chemistry drug analysis,” Deneen Kilcrease, manager of the chemistry section at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, told The Associated Press.

While the U.S. is already facing a widespread opioid epidemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and law enforcement departments remain on high-alert for new fentanyl-laced opioid compounds that continue to surface, many of which have been linked to multiple overdose fatalities across the nation.

“Normally we would be able to walk by one of our scientists, and say, ‘What are you testing?’ and they’ll tell you heroin or ‘We’re testing fentanyl,’” Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine told The Associated Press. “Now, sometimes they’re looking at it, at least initially, and saying, ‘Well, we don’t know.’”

The CDC claims that opioids, including prescription drugs and heroin, claimed the lives of more than 33,000 Americans in 2015.

Shelby County Drug Enforcement Task Commander Clay Hammac issued this statement to the public about the deadly concoction:

“This is not a drug that you use to get high — if you put this drug into your body you will die, it will kill you,” Hammac told ABC 33 40.

 

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