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The Dangers of Carfentanil

Posted on 11/23/18: Addiction Recovery \ Addiction Treatment

All drugs pose threats. But some are undeniably more dangerous than others, and Carfentanil is one of them. This blog will serve to educate others on Carfentanil and the severe effects of this extremely risky substance.

What Is Carfentanil?

Carfentanil is an analog to a synthetic opioid called Fentanyl, its potency 50 to 100 times stronger than heroin. Carfentanil, however, is 100 times more potent than fentanyl and deadly to humans who ingest as little as 2 milligrams of the substance. It was never approved to treat pain in humans and is currently only prescribed to tranquilize elephants and other large animals.

Signs of Use

First responders have been specially instructed on how to handle a person that has been using Carfentanil, so they can recognize the signs and symptoms associated with use. A patient who appears to be in respiratory distress or respiratory arrest may have been exposed to Carfentanil. Other signs include clammy skin, tiny pupils, sedation, disorientation, and extreme drowsiness.

Because Carfentanil is related to the synthetic opioid analgesic fentanyl, first responders are required to handle it the way they are instructed to handle fentanyl. These drugs have the potential to kill the person who touches them, so every first responder who believes that he or she has come in contact with Carfentanil must take the substance to a lab right away for testing. It is important to secure the substance so it cannot be unintentionally inhaled as it is being transported to the lab.


Carfentanil addiction researchCarfentanil addiction is known to lead to death. This shouldn’t come as a shock, seeing as it is 100,000 times stronger than morphine. It’s similar to morphine because it is also made from the poppy plant, but is much stronger and much more dangerous. It is so dangerous that medical professionals who engage with this substance put on goggles and gloves before coming into contact with it. Those who need to administer Carfentanil to animals do so from a safe distance by shooting them with a dart gun.

Just How Dangerous Is Carfentanil?

Carfentanil is so dangerous that inhaling the substance can be fatal. Making contact with skin can be deadly as well. The drug is so potent, that a mere 5 milligrams can kill seven 1-ton buffalos. The size of 5 milligrams of Carfentanil is only 1/16th the size of a baby aspirin.

How Is Carfentanil Related to the Opioid Crisis?

Those addicted to heroin are being subjected to Carfentanil because Carfentanil is being added to heroin to make the substance even more potent. The drug is so deadly that it has caused several deaths in Ohio this year alone. It is extremely dangerous because people don’t know that they are taking Carfentanil as it is odorless and of clear color.

The use of Carfentanil has grown so much that it is a major cause of death due to opioid addiction. Unfortunately, the use of Carfentanil continues to grow because the drug 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.

People develop a tolerance for opioids, which has made Carfentanil a force to be reckoned with in our current opioid crisis. When people who are taking prescription medications for their pain cannot get their physicians to prescribe them higher doses of opioid drugs, they resort to using heroin. These people have then found the substitute they were looking for that allows them to experience a stronger high. But soon a tolerance to heroin develops, and this is where Carfentanil steps into the picture.

Treatment for Carfentanil Use

As with any other type of drug use, there is treatment readily available for those who use Carfentanil. While naloxone is the first step in saving someone’s life in the case of a potential overdose, a person is very likely to use again until they receive adequate treatment and therapy. Until the person has addressed the deep-rooted issues that led to drug use in the first place, recovery is unlikely. This is why professional attention is so crucial in addiction cases.

Sober Living AZ can help with Carfentanil addiction, and any co-occurring mental health conditions that may have resulted from its use. If you, or your loved one, is in need of treatment, contact us today. Our resources are abundant and we are ready to share them with you. Reach out, and let’s start your journey today.

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