Carfentanil is showing up in illegal drug trade and it is hard to overstate its risks. Some heavy substance users have been known to seek it out to experience what they think will be their greatest high ever. Unfortunately, a drug like Carfentanil, which is used to tranquilize large animals like elephants and water buffalo, doesn't have a safe human dosage. Just one try of carfentanil may be all it takes for any substance user to suffer a fatal opioid overdose. If you or a loved one is using opioids to get high and buys them on the street, whether it's heroin, cocaine, or prescription pills, you need to be aware of carfentanil and how it may be in the drugs you buy without you knowing it. If you or a loved one is dealing with a substance use problem including using heroin, fentanyl, or other opioids, you may be ready to get help and end addiction permanently. Luckily, effective help is easy to find.
Carfentanil was first synthesized in 1974 at Janssen Pharmaceutica as a fentanyl analog. It doesn't have a suggested safe human dosage, as its potency is 100 times as strong as fentanyl, 5000 times as strong as heroin, and 10,000 times as strong as morphine. Carfentanil (or carfentanyl) is produced under the commercial name Wildnil and is used as a large animal tranquilizer in zoos and wildlife habitats. Carfentanil is considered, at this time, to be one of the most potent opioids known to man.
Carfentanil is so strong that there are concerns it may be weaponized for terrorism. In fact, that may have already happened in Russia in 2002 in the Moscow theatre crisis where traces of carfentanil were found on clothing of survivors. An aerosol gas probably consisting of carfentanil and remfentanil was likely used on Chechen hostage takers and their victims. 125 people died in the crisis when first responders were unable to reverse the drug's effects after they ran out of doses of naloxone and naltrexone to treat victims.
Until March 1, 2017, fentanyl, carfentanil, and other fentanyl analogs were not controlled substances in China and were available for sale over the internet without restriction. Primarily due to pressure from the US, carfentanil and other fentanyl analogs were banned from internet sale and became controlled substances now in China.
In June of 2016, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police seized a shipment labeled Hewlett Packard ink toner cartridges. The cartridges contained 1 kilogram of carfentanil which amounts to a lethal dosage for 50 million or every man, woman, and child in Canada.
The sale and importation of carfentanil and other fentanyl analogs are restricted and controlled by drug laws in the US. Carfentanil is classified as a Category II controlled substance, which means it is deemed to be at high risk for abuse potential, have some accepted medical use with severe restrictions, and a risk of psychological or physical dependence.
A grain or two of carfentanil is all that is needed to kill a full-grown man through lethal opioid overdose. The total amount of carfentanil legitimately produced annually in the US for use as animal tranquilizers is approximately 19 grams or 0.7 ounces. This amount supplies all the zoos, animal habitats, and large animal veterinarians in the US! Carfentanil must be handled carefully is absorbed easily through the skin or by respiration if it is airborne.
Carfentanil has been found mixed with heroin or sold as heroin because it is both cheaper and easier to make and transport than heroin. It is extremely potent so some heroin manufacturers or distributors will cut the heroin with carfentanil to increase the potency and their profits with little cost or risk to them. An uneven distribution within the resulting mix can be fatal and there is no way to tell just by looking if carfentanil or any fentanyl analog is mixed into heroin or cocaine, or if it is pressed into tablets to make counterfeit prescription drugs.
While the Chinese have stopped selling and exporting Carfentanil and other fentanyl analogs legally as of spring 2017, illegal manufactured sources still exist worldwide including China, Mexico, and probably US made analogs. Carfentanil has been found all across the US mixed in with heroin and cocaine. At this time, there is no way to know if what you are getting is carfentanil or fentanyl analog-free if you are purchasing drugs like heroin or cocaine on the street.
Chasing the greatest high can truly be dangerous if you're exposed to carfentanil. Even an opioid reversal drug like Narcan requires several doses given almost immediately after the carfentanil hits your system and there is no guarantee Narcan can reverse its potent effects in time. Opioids like carfentanil and other fentanyl analogs depress the respiratory system so, in an opioid overdose, the user loses consciousness and stop breathing. The body's central nervous system in effect shuts off and the body doesn't fight to breathe.
In a heroin overdose, typically 1-3 doses of Narcan is required to reverse the effects. In a fentanyl overdose, 3-4 times that amount of Narcan is needed. For Carfentanil, the speed and the potency of the drug make Narcan far less effective in reversing an overdose and it requires many more doses of Narcan given quickly to undo the respiratory suppression if it works at all. Help and Hope to End Opioid Addiction
Carfentanil, fentanyl, and other opioids are being intermingled and there is no guarantee of safety in using heroin, cocaine, or prescription drugs obtained on the street. If you or a loved one wants to end an addiction to opioids, heroin, cocaine, or prescription pills, there is help available. You can end addiction effectively and completely. If you are looking for help to end addiction, call us now and we can help you find the best option for you to be truly free from addiction on your terms.