While using drugs has always been inherently dangerous, the problem has never been as fatal as the current Opioid Epidemic has been. 2017 alone saw an estimated 72,306 drug overdose deaths in the United States highlighting the grave nature of the Epidemic.
To make matters even worse, synthetic opioids that are even more potent than fentanyl have begun to hit the streets. Here we break down carfentanil, and what it means for the ongoing Opioid Epidemic.
What is carfentanil?
Carfentanil is a fully synthetic opioid that is one of the most potent opioids in existence. It is approximately 100 times more potent than fentanyl, and 10,000 times more potent than morphine. Carfentanil’s only legitimate use is as an anesthetic drug for large animals, hence the nickname “the elephant drug”.
Carfentanil is considered far too strong an opioid to have any legitimate use in humans, even in highly controlled medical settings. Despite this, carfentanil has begun to show up on the streets, causing numerous overdoses. (1)
What does this mean for the Opioid Epidemic?
The Opioid Epidemic has been so deadly compared to past drug epidemics simply because of the presence of drugs such as carfentanil and fentanyl. The amount of carfentanil needed for a lethal dose is in the order of micrograms, which is simply impossible for a user to detect. In other words, it is impossible to tell if the next dose is going to be the one that causes death. (2)
Now is the time to get sober
Carfentanil reinforces the reality that every single day spent in addiction is a gamble, with the next dose very possibly be the one that takes your life. The good news is that opioid addiction does not have to be a death sentence- and recovery is possible. It simply requires taking the first step, which is getting help.
This article is intended for those considering a new way of life, free of the pain of drug and alcohol addiction. For more information on recovery and anyone seeking help with addiction and substance abuse problems, please call True Recovery at (844) 744-8783 or visit us online.