Warning Issued For ‘Gray Death’ Opioid Mix
As if the country’s opioid epidemic wasn’t bad enough, now there’s an even more vicious strain of the painkiller hitting communities across America. “Gray Death“, as it’s called, consists of a deadly blend of heroin, fentanyl and carfentanil (aka animal tranquilizers) and is becoming an extremely popular street drug among hardcore addicts.
“Gray death is one of the scariest combinations that I have ever seen in nearly 20 years of forensic chemistry drug analysis,” Georgia Bureau of Investigation chemistry manager, Deneen Kilcrease, told NBC 4.
Also known as U-47700, gray death was recently listed as one of the most dangerous narcotics in America, per the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. So far, it has been linked to dozens of fatalities in areas like New York and North Carolina. It was also allegedly found at the home of Prince, after his deadly overdose.
As with most street drugs, part of the danger of gray death lies with its untested strains. Buyers are unaware of the potency level that they’re receiving and could very easily OD . This particular drug can also be absorbed in the skin, making it far too easy to ingest too much at one time.
Strains of gray death can also be snorted, swallowed, smoked or shot up via intravenous needles. Kilcrease went on to mention the devastating effects that U-47700 has had in her home state. In the past three months alone, there have been at least 50 reported overdoses in Georgia.
Ohio is another region that is warning its citizens about the tremendous dangers of gray death. That state’s Attorney General, Mike DeWine, issued a statement as well, describing the rise in unknown (and lethal) opioid strains.
“Normally, we would be able to walk by one of our scientists, and say ‘What are you testing?’ and they’ll tell you heroin or ‘We’re testing fentanyl,'” DeWine told reporters. “Now, sometimes they’re looking at it, at least initially, and say, ‘Well, we don’t know.'”
Ohio happened to have over 3,000 fatal overdoses last year, primarily tied to opioid strains. One other local legislator compared using these mixes as a game of “Russian roulette.” A very true analogy if ask us; since death can occur instantly, no matter what type of tolerance you may have.
There’s a reason why America’s opioid dependencies have now been labeled a “crisis.” This drug has no mercy and can literally grasp anyone in its clutches. As we’ve mentioned before, it doesn’t matter if you’re a young 20-something, a middle-aged professional or a healthy senior citizen…Every demographic has fallen prey to this addiction.
We strongly urge anyone battling this issue to stay far away from any chemical or narcotic form of the drug, especially ones that are sold on the street. If you feel your problem is crippling your livelihood and sanity, get help immediately. There is always hope. 866-986-2486