**Regional Warning for Carfentanil**

Please be advised that the Overdose Response Team received a report of 3 confirmed reports of Carfentanil in local drug screenings.  Some quick facts about Carfentanil that all should be aware of;

  • Carfentanil, a synthetic opioid, is a white powdery substance that looks like it could be cocaine or heroin. Drug dealers mix it with heroin to presumably make the heroin stronger.
  • It is 10,000 times more potent than morphine and 100 times more potent than fentanyl.
  • The drug is also used to tranquilize elephants and other large mammals.
  • This drug is so powerful it poses a significant threat to first responders and law enforcement personnel who touch it by accident. In addition, people can overdose on carfentanil quickly. Multiple doses of the anti-overdose drug Narcan may not be effective.
  • Users exposed to carfentanil can experience dizziness, clammy skin, shallow breathing, heart failure and more.