Maine’s Attorney General’s Office recently reported the first overdose death caused by powerful synthetic opiate addiction and overdose to carfentanil.
The Attorney General’s office will not reveal the exact location of the overdose, when it happened or the personal information of the victims due to state confidentiality laws. However, they did state that the death occurred somewhere in York County, Maine in April of this year.
Carfentanil is used by veterinarians as an elephant tranquilizer – it’s so potent that even coming in brief contact with it through the skin can be dangerous to humans. The drug is approximately 5,000 times more potent than heroin, and approximately 100 times more potent than fentanyl. Carfentanil is highly addictive and use could result in an opiate addiction.
This synthetic drug is distributed in a number of different forms, including sprays, tablets, blotter papers and powders, and can be ingested, inhaled or absorbed through the skin. While experts do not have an exact measurement for the lethal dosage of this drug, it’s so potent that law enforcement agencies treat it like a hazardous material.
At Schick Shadel Hospital, we remain committed to helping our patients fight back and regain control of their lives. We have helped more than 68,000 people overcome their addiction since we first opened our doors more than 80 years using our counter conditioning method, and will continue to help people in need for as long as our services are of use. Call us at (800) 272-8464 today to learn more about what we can do to help, or send us a confidential message through our online form.