K9 Pills Thought to be Oxycontin Actually Contain Carfentanil
Carfentanil laced pills in Minnesota are driving a rash of overdoses as authorities sound the alarm about the powerful and deadly synthetic opioid.
As reported by Fox9, a Northfield, MN man is in custody, arrested on charges connected to a string of serious overdoses last weekend.
Three people were treated at an area hospital, after ingesting what they thought was oxycodone. Instead, the pills were laced with cocaine and carfentanil – a potentially deadly synthetic opioid used as an animal tranquilizer.
“All three of these potentially could have been overdose deaths, except of the great work of Northfield Hospital, EMS providers and our officers when they responded,” said Monte Nelson, Chief of the Northfield Police Department.
Nelson said first responders noticed something unusual about the overdoses on Feb. 23 and Feb. 25, because they seemed more serious than an overdose caused by oxycodone alone. One of the victims had to receive four doses of naloxone, also known by the brand name Narcan, before they could be revived.
“And everyone agreed there had to be something else in these pills and because of the small amount, the potential for someone dying was extremely high,” Nelson said.
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