More than 200 people in the Cincinnati area have overdosed on the drug in the last three weeks leaving 3 people dead. Similar overdoses have occurred in Indiana, Kentucky, West Virginia and the Gulf coast of Florida overwhelming ambulance crews and emergency rooms.
Carfentanil is an animal tranquilizer used on elephants and livestock with no practical use for humans. It is being manufactured in China or Mexico and making its way to the Midwest in heroin shipments. Police officers around Cincinnati are so concerned about the potency of carfentanil that they carry overdose-reversing naloxone sprays for themselves in case they accidentally inhale or touch the tiniest flake of the powerful opioid.
Ambulance crews and police have responded to 20-30 overdose calls each day and sometimes had to give people two, three, or five doses of naloxone spray to revive them. It usually only takes one quick spray of naloxone to block a person’s opiate receptors and immediately jolt them out of a lethal overdose. Apparently, the drug is so cheap that addicts say they can walk through a housing project and get four free samples from dealers. Like most of the country, officials along the Ohio-Kentucky border have been straining to cope with the epidemic of opioid use and get people into treatment.
As I have written before, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has urged doctors to stop prescribing opioids for patients suffering from chronic pain, noting the risks of taking such drugs. Unfortunately, these same patients often turn to heroin, which is cheaper, and unknowingly end up with fentanil or carfentanil instead. The Cincinnati Enquirer even has a heroin beat reporter to inform people of the dangers of these drugs.
Learn more about opiate/opioid addiction at New CDC Recommendations On Opioid Prescriptions Send Stern Message To Physicians Nationwidehttps://www.summitbehavioralhealth.com/blog/cdc-recommendations-on-opioid-prescriptions/