Potent New Opioids Raise Alarm
Investigators in Georgia have confirmed the first death brought on by a dangerous cocktail of drugs known as “Gray Death.”
Gray Death is a combination of several opioids, including heroin, fentanyl, carfentanil — sometimes used to tranquilize large animals like elephants — and a synthetic opioid called U-47700.
As reported by WYFF 4, the cases so far have mostly been in the Atlanta area.
“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, said.
Georgia’s investigation bureau has received 50 overdose cases in the past three months involving Gray Death, most from the Atlanta area, said spokeswoman Nelly Miles.
Gray Death ingredients and their concentrations are unknown to users, making it particularly lethal, Kilcrease said.
Gray Death has a much higher potency than heroin, according to a bulletin issued by the Gulf Coast High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area. Users inject, swallow, smoke or snort it.
The GBI issued a public safety alert last month for illegal synthetic opioids. In the last four months, 17 deaths have been caused by the drugs Pink (U-47700) and/or furanyl fentanyl, equal to the number for all of 2016.
Because fentanyl and U-47700 are lethal at very low doses, law enforcement and the public should use caution when handling these drugs. They can be inhaled or absorbed through the skin and are extremely toxic in the smallest quantities.
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To read more about how Gray Death is bringing more opioid deaths in the Atlanta region, please visit WYFF4.com.