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You’ve Heard of Fentanyl, What’s the Deal with Carfentanil?

Posted on 03/01/19: Addiction Recovery \ Addiction Treatment \ Uncategorized

Carfentanil is a substance similar to fentanyl, a synthetic opioid that ranges anywhere from 50 to 100 times more potent than heroin. Carfentanil, however, is 100 times more potent than fentanyl and may be lethal to humans who ingest as little as 2 milligrams of the substance: it is by far the more dangerous of the two. Even inhaling the most miniscule, free-floating particles in the air can be a fatal experience. It was never approved to treat pain in humans and is currently only prescribed to tranquilize elephants and other very large animals. So just how dangerous is Carfentanil? Let’s go more in depth about the severe effects of this extremely risky substance.

Danger and Potency

the dangers of Carfentanil

Carfentanil is so dangerous that merely inhaling the substance can be fatal. Making contact with skin can be lethal as well. The drug is so potent that only 5 milligrams can kill seven 1-ton buffalos. If you need a visual of what 5 milligrams of Carfentanil looks like, picture 1/16th of a baby aspirin.

Carfentanil is one of the deadliest opioids available, and addiction to the substance often results in death. After all, it is 100,000 times stronger than morphine. It’s similar to morphine because it is made from the same opium poppy plant but is much, much more dangerous. In fact, it’s so dangerous that medical professionals who need to engage with this substance protect themselves with goggles and gloves before they come anywhere near it. Those who need to administer Carfentanil to animals do so from a safe distance by shooting them with a dart gun.

One of the most dangerous elements of this drug is that it is used to cut other substances: people don’t realize that what they’re ingesting is laced with Carfentanil, and they proceed to take their usual dosage. But this “usual dosage” is much more potent than what their body is used to, which results in overdose and death.

Another risk is the fact that people who are addicted to fentanyl may actively pursue Carfentanil because they are looking for a more potent high. These people are aware that it can elevate the sensations they experience on heroin, but don’t take into consideration that this combination can ultimately lead to their deaths.

The use of Carfentanil has grown so much that it is a major cause of death in regard to the opioid crisis. Unfortunately, the use of the drug continues to grow because it is so inexpensive. 600 people try heroin for the first time every day, and unbeknownst to many of them, they are also trying Carfentanil for the first time.

Carfentanil Overdose

Opioid overdoses can sometimes be reversed with a medication called Naloxone. Naloxone is also effective in reversing the negative effects of a Carfentanil overdose. A doctor must administer several doses of Naloxone before a patient can be determined as stable. This means that a dose must be given every 2 to 3 minutes until the person can breathe on his or her own for at least 15 minutes. Emergency Medical Services also should be called under these circumstances.

Treatment for Carfentanil Use

As with any other drug, there is treatment readily available for those who use Carfentanil and feel that they have developed a dependency on the substance. Without proper care and treatment, recovery is unlikely. Until an addict has dug deep and addressed the issues that led to their drug use in the first place, sobriety won’t be attainable.  

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