Raleigh Drug Lawyers Further Examine Dangers of Carfentanil as Opioid Deaths Explode
North Carolina already
suffers from one of the worst opioid
epidemics in the United
States. Now, a deadly new mix of drugs is making a lethal substance even more
Carfentanil – a type of
fentanyl used to tranquilize large animals – has been identified as a key
ingredient in drug mixes that contain heroin or other opioids. Ten thousand
times more powerful than morphine, and a hundred times more potent than deadly
fentanyl, carfentanil is only legal for veterinary use. Its nickname – “the
elephant tranquilizer” – suggests how unfit it is for human consumption.
This substance has been
linked to at least 33 drug-related deaths around the state this past year.
If it runs rampant,
carfentanil might aggravate already grim projections about the opioid crisis in
North Carolina. Heroin, fentanyl, and their related analogs caused more than
half of local opioid deaths in 2016 (58.4%). This number is expected to shoot
to 90% by 2021 if the epidemic is not properly addressed.
tranquilizer” has grown in popularity among American drug users, particularly
in Florida and Ohio, since 2016. If it continues to be in demand, healthcare
professionals cite one possible reason: for the addict, it simply packs a dramatically
more powerful punch.
But not all carfentanil-related
deaths can be traced to people craving its potent kick. Some addicts may be
unaware that the substance, virtually undetectable, has been added to other the
drugs they buy.
Dealers tend to peddle
drugs with carfentanil because it is cheaper to procure and produce, as is the
case with many other fentanyl derivatives. This specific analog is also easier
to mix in with heroin. Dealers can buy a kilogram of fentanyl from China for
only $2,000, but would have to pay $64,000 for a kilogram of heroin from a
Mexico. They can also simply distribute micro-grams of the substance through
the U.S. Mail.
Aside from carfentanil, it
is estimated there are at least nine other fentanyl analogs used in North
As an experienced Raleigh drug lawyer, I
see the emergence of carfentanil affecting not just human lives but all four
wheels of the justice system. As law enforcers rightfully combat drug dealers,
prosecutors might recognize the graver impact of making and selling carfentanil
mixes. They may choose to seek higher-level charges against defendants,
changing the complexion of any case.
every drug deal carries the risk of causing a fatality – but with carfentanil
involved, the risk and harm drug dealers pose become even more magnified.
Kurtz & Blum works
hard on challenging drug cases and ensures our clients receive the top defense
they expect and deserve.
Deadly new drugs emerge in
North Carolina’s opioid crisis, Citizen-Times.com
tranquilizer infiltrates North Carolina heroin supplies, DailyCaller.com
Report: Fentanyl overdoses jumped in 2016,