'Gray death' blamed for multiple overdoses in the US

'Gray death' blamed for multiple overdoses in the US

'Gray death' blamed for multiple overdoses in the US

Authorities are issuing warnings about a new and unsafe opioid combination that's known as gray death.

Though meant to be painkillers, opioids have evolved to become risky substances that have already claimed many lives. Fentanyl has 50 times the punch of heroin, and carfentanil is 100 times more powerful than fentanyl - used to drop elephants and tigers.

Investigators say they've detected the mixture or recorded overdoses blamed on it in southern states like Alabama and Georgia.

The new drug substance, which is known as "gray death", looks like concrete mix and varies in consistency from a hard, chunky material to a fine powder, according to the Kane County coroner's office.

Fentanyl-related deaths spiked so high in OH in 2015 - to 1,115 from 503 in 2014 - that state health officials asked the CDC to send scientists to help address the problem. I think people have been looking for new, more accessible ways and cheaper ways for as long as people have been around.

Lorain County detective Jim Larkin told CBS affiliate KMTV: "It's fantastic to me that they find out one of their friends died from an overdose from the drug and they immediately try to find out where he got it from because they want to try it too".

Some of the pills taken from Prince's estate after the musician's overdose death in April 2016 contained U-47700. On an average day in the USA, 78 people die from an opioid-related overdose, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.

The already lethal mixture is made more so because the exact composition and concentration are unknown to users. They say the massive increase in heroin and general opioid abuse in the USA since 2010 is driven by lower drug prices and ingredients with higher potency, like fentanyl.

"We are more routinely seeing deadly cocktails of heroin, fentanyl, various fentanyl-class substances, along with combinations of other controlled substances of varying potencies including cocaine, methamphetamine, and THC", Baer said. Users typically take it in a variety of ways including smoking, snorting or injecting and is more potent than heroin. OH faces a similar crisis, and the coroner's office said that a similar compound has been coming into the city for months. "Here in Winter Park, we've had nine - just previous year - we had nine either heroin-related deaths or near deaths".

There are also variations with this type of opioid combination. 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. The officials also say that this drug is much stronger than heroin.

In 2014, Webber accidentally overdosed on fentanyl-laced heroin.

Things just keep getting worse for America when it comes to the opioid crisis.

'Every time you shoot up you're literally playing Russian roulette with your life'.

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