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Deadly Drug Arrives Just Outside the Capital, Spurring Overdoses

Carfentanil is 4000x more powerful than heroin, and is used by veterinarians to tranquilize elephants. Unfortunately, this plutonium-like opioid is now circulating on the streets just outside the capital.

This week 3 victims who died from overdose in a Virginia suburb, were found to have carfentanil in their system. “In many instances, heroin is cut with carfentanil or fentanyl,” said Sheriff Mike Chapman in a statement. “In either case, these substances, when added to the heroin, can easily and quickly cause death.”

In light of the findings, the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is reminding residents never to approach or touch suspected narcotics.

“The drugs can unintentionally be inhaled through the nose or mouth,” Chapman said. “Even trace amounts can result in severe adverse reactions putting those exposed to the drug in danger, including the general public.”

A November 2016 article in Time, “Heroin Is Being Laced With a Terrifying New Substance: What to Know About Carfentanil”, reports over 300 cases of overdose across the US, including including incidents in Ohio, West Virginia, Indiana, Kentucky and Florida.

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