A new drug has hit the streets that might be the deadliest we have ever seen in a long time. Authorities are calling it “Gray Death” because of its notorious reputation. There has been an abundance of overdose cases across Ohio, Alabama, and Georgia. All states in the mid-west and the south. Law enforcement authorities have indicated it is a high potency cocktail. In its totality, it contains heroin, fentanyl, carfentanil which is an elephant tranquilizer, and a synthetic opioid known as U-47700.
It is famous for being able to kill people with just one dose. The manager of the chemistry section at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Deneen Kilcrease said,
“Gray death is one of the scariest combinations that I have ever seen in nearly 20 years of forensic chemistry drug analysis.”
The drug looks like a concrete mixture of different substances in nature, but it can be snorted, swallowed, smoked or even injected. Heroin is twice as potent as morphine, a drug often given for pain relief in hospitals. While fentanyl is over one hundred times stronger than morphine, Carfentanil is 10,000 times stronger because it has to be able to tranquilize an animal the size of an elephant.
The very ingredients of this drug make it highly dangerous even to touch. Clay Hammac, Shelby County Drug Enforcement Task commander said,
“This is something that I want to be very clear about and it’s not a scare tactic and it’s not a shock factor. 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. There’s a reason why it’s been nicknamed Grey Death. It is deadly.”
A compound similar to the Gray Death has been coming into the Ohio coroner’s office for several months now. There have been a total of eight samples matching the drug mixture. The drug itself isn’t that expensive making it easily accessible. Forbes reported it was only $10 on the street for a lethal dose.
Those who use the drug cannot tell whether it is pure or laced making it harder to tell how seriously potent it is. One 2014 overdose victim Richie Webber told the Associated Press the following,
“You don’t know what you’re getting with these thing. Every time you shoot up, you’re literally playing Russian roulette with your life.”
To make matters worse, the United States is struggling to deal with and adequately handle the opioid epidemic. Because of this, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as various law enforcement agencies, have been on high alert over fentanyl-laced opioids. This has specifically caused unintentional overdoses to increase all across the country drastically.
Just in 2015 alone, over 33,000 Americans were killed from addiction and overdoses due to prescription drug abuse, heroin, and opioids. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine told The Associated Press,
“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,’ Now, sometimes they’re looking at it, at least initially, and say, ‘Well, we don’t know.’”
As the drug becomes more available and accessible by its inexpensive nature law enforcement agencies are trying to spread awareness over the deadly substance that is contributing to this epidemic. With young children already exposed to illegal drugs, this makes them even more susceptible to being taken advantage of.
Gang bangers, illegal aliens, and violent criminals have no problem selling anyone drugs so long as they get their money. It is more important now than ever to keep a close eye on our children. Because of this growing drug issue the President is working to launch a commission that will address the growing opioid epidemic issue.
He could be signing an executive order that will create the commission. The commission would be tasked with providing recommendations about federal funding towards epidemic management as well as how to diminish the negative consequences of the issue. It is rumored that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will serve as chairman of the commission.
Christie even said,
“The opioid initiative is one that’s incredibly important to every family in every corner of this country. What we need to come to grips with is addiction is a disease and no life is disposable. We can help people by giving them appropriate treatment.”
Even the Trump administration is working to curb the drug problem facing our country.