New Drug, “Gray Death,” Poses Extreme Danger to First Responders

New Drug, “Gray Death,” Poses Extreme Danger to First Responders

Illegal drug merchants have come up with a new, deadly mix of opiods called “Gray Death,” which poses an extreme danger for users and first responders to overdoses.

The substance can be mixed in a range of consistencies, from a hard chunky material to a fine powder. Users can inject, swallow, smoke or snort it to get high.

Gray Death combines several opiods already blamed for thousands of fatal overdoses nationally. Among the ingredients are: heroin, fentanyl, carfentanil and a synthetic opioid called U-47700.

Carfentanil is used as a tranquilizer for large animals like elephants. It’s said to be 10,000 times more potent than morphine and 100 times more potent than fentanyl.

Investigators report Gray Death overdoses around the United States, including Indiana, Ohio, Alabama and Georgia.

Find out what precautions first responders are taking when arriving at overdose scenes and how police are stepping up drug prosecution efforts on the next page.

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