Opioid Epidemic's Latest Drug 'Gray Death' Is A Lethal Heroin Cocktail

by Jared Lewis May 9, 2017, 3:39
Opioid Epidemic's Latest Drug 'Gray Death' Is A Lethal Heroin Cocktail

Gray death is a unsafe opioid combo that has been detected in overdose episodes recorded in Alabama, Georgia, and Ohio.

Meanwhile, as gray death is said to be a combination of several opioids - these can include heroin, fentanyl, carfentanil, and U-47700, according to WYFF.

The Gray Death is named as such for two reasons, the first being that the substance is of a gray hue similar to a concrete mix, and can come in various consistencies from a solid material to a fine powder.

Deneen Kilcrease, from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, called it "one of the scariest combinations that I have ever seen in almost 20 years of forensic chemistry drug analysis", The Bureau has discovered 50 cases of overdoses tied to the drug combo in past 3 months alone. Due to the strength of the new drug and the ability of the skin to absorb it, experts noted that simply touching the drug mix could be risky. "The same with Gray Death, we'll see how much market develops out of it".

It's a combination of opioids that can kill users with one hit and has already been found in southern states like Georgia.

In Rhode Island, the state has recommended that individuals with a history of cocaine use receive supplies of the anti-overdose drug naloxone.

Last year, the US Drug Enforcement Administration listed U-47700, the synthetic opioid, in the category of the most unsafe drugs it regulates.

Nelly Miles, a spokeswoman for Georgia's investigation bureau, said that over 50 overdose cases linked to gray death have been reported in the past three months, most in the Atlanta area.

As for the early statement release regarding gray death, Russell said that people should be more aware and take the opportunity to get ahead of the curve. On an average day in the US, 78 people die from an opioid-related overdose, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. "Here in Winter Park, we've had nine - just previous year - we had nine either heroin-related deaths or near deaths". The new drug has been named "gray death" by authorities.

Kilcrease said the contents of Gray Death are unknown to the people who take it and can be particularly fatal. "Now, sometimes they're looking at it, at least initially, and say 'Well, we don't know'".

"It has been hard enough to warn citizens of pure heroin, fentanyl, carfentanil, and other opiates", Russell said in a statement. According to Russ Baer from the federal Drug Enforcement Agency, its spread is being monitored in other areas as well as part of the ongoing battle against the country┬┤s rising opioid epidemic.

In some areas, users have mixed fentanyl with non-opioids, such as cocaine. Most were the result of opioid painkillers or their relative, heroin.

Officials warn that users often do not know what they are buying when they are sold the mixture.

He's now sober and runs a treatment organization, Fight for Recovery, in Ohio. "Every time you shoot up you're literally playing Russian roulette with your life".


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