UTICA, NY – Oneida County officials have issued a warning about a synthetic drug which has appeared in test results in the county.
The county's Overdose Response Team says Carfentanil, a man-made opioid, has made its way into the county. Carfentanil is said to be 10,000 times more powerful than morphine and 100 times stronger than fentanyl. It is an odorless, white power which dealers mix with other drugs to make them stronger and cheaper.
“We work closely with our Opioid Task Force partners to monitor drug trends so we can alert the community of any potential emerging drug threats,” said Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. in a news release. “We do not yet know the full extent of the presence of Carfentanil in the local drug supply, however, because it is so lethal even to handle, we want to make sure that people who use drugs, first responders and other providers are alerted immediately so they can take precautions to protect themselves. Carfentanil is so potent that it causes a rapid overdose which may not be reversible even with multiple doses of Narcan or treatment.”
Carfentanil is used as a tranquilizer for large animals such as elephants. The county says a dose the size of a single grain of salt can quickly lead to an overdose or death.