Elephant Tranquilizer Being Used By Humans to Get High
Officials in La Crosse Wisconsin have become alarmed by the appearance of deadly overdose cases involving carfentanil, a potent elephant tranquilizer.
As reported by WEAU, health officials in Wisconsin are voicing concern over carfentanil. It was originally created in the 1970s to be used as a tranquilizer for large animals such as elephants.
But these days carfentanil is getting a much more recreational use, and it’s starting to leave its mark.
Local health care officials say there has been at least one confirmed death in La Crosse this winter where carfentanil was involved.
“There’s no way that they can tell and that’s why this drug is so dangerous, because it’s so easy to overdose on because you’re talking just multitudes more potent. And so if you’re usually taking a certain amount, you could be taking 10,000 times more than you usually do and that’s going to result in an overdose and death,” said Emergency Medicine Physician at Gundersen Health System and Co-Chair of the Heroin Task Force Dr. Chris Eberlein.
Carfentanil is usually found added to heroin to increase its potency. It’s 10,000 times more potent than morphine and 100 times more potent than fentanyl.
Carfentanil can be lethal in doses as small as .02 milligrams, for reference that is roughly the same size as a single grain of salt.
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To read more about how carfentanil has been linked to overdose deaths in Wisconsin, please visit WEAU.com.