“Gray Death:” Coroner Warns of Dangerous New Opioid Combination

Recent overdoses in Alabama, Georgia, and Ohio can all be attributed to a new synthetic drug combination so lethal, it’s being referred to be police officials as “gray death.” The mixture contains heroin, fentanyl, carfentanil and a synthetic opioid called U-47700, and actually appears to resemble concrete.

Used to tranquilize elephants, the lethal combination has caused deaths across the country. Because “gray death” is so incredibly toxic, just being around or touching the mixture can put individuals at risk.

Grey death is one of the most lethal drugs the DEA has ever seen

Regarding the mixture’s lethality, Deneen Kilcrease, manager of the chemistry section at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, said “Gray death is one of the scariest combinations that I have ever seen in nearly 20 years of forensic chemistry drug analysis”, according to The Chicago Tribune.

Whether the “gray death” is snorted, smoked or swallowed, the mixture is considered one of the most lethal substances government officials come across.“The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration listed U-47700 in the category of the most dangerous drugs it regulates, saying it was associated with dozens of fatalities, mostly in New York and North Carolina.” Additionally, “Some of the pills taken from Prince’s estate after the musician’s overdose death last year contained U-47700,” according to The Chicago Tribune.

Whether the “gray death” is snorted, smoked or swallowed, the mixture is considered one of the most lethal substances known to the DEA. “The mixing poses a deadly risk to users and also challenges investigators trying to figure out what they’re dealing with this time around, “according to Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine.

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Read the full article at The Chicago Tribune.

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