The American Heroin epidemic has become more dangerous. More reports of Heroin laced with Carfentanil are being reported throughout the Country. Carfentanil is the most potent commercially used opioid to sedate large animals, such as elephants. It is an analogue of Fentanyl and is 10,000 times stronger than Morphine. Carfentanil is not approved for human use a it can slow breathing significantly. Two(2) milligrams can knock out a 2,000 pound African Elephant. Many users are not aware that they are taking the drug. Dealers are cutting Heroin with Fentanyl Analogues to stretch their supply.
Recent overdose outbreaks in Ohio, Indiana, and Florida are causing concern. In July of this year, Officials in Cincinnati, Ohio, issued a Public Health Warning. They saw 35 overdoses, including six deaths in a three-day period. One weekend in August of 2016, they saw close to 90 Heroin overdoses. They have been averaging 25 per week.
In Jennings County, Indiana, the Sheriff's Department saw 12 Heroin overdoses and one death on a Tuesday. All the overdoses required Naloxone to revive the individuals. The youngest was 16 years old. The Sheriff's Department ran out of the Naloxone and had to be restocked by EMS personnel and the Hospital.
Also this month, a large seizure of Carfentanil in Manatee County, Florida, coincided with an increase in overdose deaths there.