Carfentanil Re-Emerges in Northeast Ohio Disguised as Prescription Painkiller Pills

By July 27, 2017 August 24th, 2020 No Comments
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Officials in Northeast Ohio are reporting that carfentanil, a deadly opioid approximately 5,000 more powerful than heroin, has re-emerged in the area disguised as a prescription painkiller pill.

In a statement released on Wednesday, July 26 by Thomas Gilson, the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner said that the Cuyahoga County Drug Chemistry Laboratory has identified a number of pills disguised as OxyContin as carfentanil.

“People who recreationally use OxyContin purchased from street sources should be aware of this very dangerous development that may result in rapid death,” Gilson said.

The tablets were submitted for testing by the Cleveland Division of Police. They currently believe that only pills sold illegally on the street are affected – if you receive OxyContin from a pharmacy, you should not be affected by this danger.

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