Carfentanil: What You Need To Know

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Fentanyl has been the culprit behind many overdose deaths. The clear and undetectable substance has a potency of up to 100 times that of morphine. Cut into heroin with other opioid properties and potentially other drugs like cocaine, it creates a deadly combination. Unfortunately, it isn’t the deadliest. On and off, a synthetic opioid named Carfentanil has been making waves through overdoses and fatalities. While Fentanyl can be up to 100 times more potent than morphine, Carfentanil, used as an animal tranquilizer, is predicted to be up to 1,000 times more potent than morphine. Some predict it is 10,000 times stronger than Fentanyl. Cut into heroin, with or without fentanyl also added, the drug becomes an instant killer.

Animal tranquilizers come in different sizes. What is used to tranquilize, say, a puppy, wouldn’t be used to tranquilize, say, an elephant. Carfentanil is the latter of the examples. Human beings are smoking and injecting an animal tranquilizer meant to sedate an elephant. The fact that some people survive the use of Carfentanil is actually astonishing. Here is everything you need to know about Carfentanil:

  • It’s a powerful synthetic opioid, meaning it interacts with the brain’s opioid receptors in the same way any other opioid drug would. Causing serious sedation, respiratory depression, analgesia, and euphoric effects, it is a potent drug.
  • Carfentanil is made in labs because it is a synthetic. Pharmaceutical companies have public patents. Drug manufacturers, primarily overseas, have figured out the chemical formula for drugs like Carfentanil and started producing them independently. There is never any guarantee the drug will be pure or act exactly the way Carfentanil would otherwise.
  • People can buy drugs like Carfentanil on the internet. The dark web and even public social media channels are stomping grounds for drug dealers. Sometimes called “designer drugs” synthetic pills and bags of powder are undetectable in their true form. Buying drugs off the internet is never guaranteed.
  • Recovering from opioid addiction is possible. Carfentanil can complicate recovery because it is so strong. Causing significant brain damage can inhibit the ability to fully recover.
  • Detox from Carfentanil requires the same special attention as detox from any other opioid drug. In severe cases, medication assisted treatment can help ease the symptoms of withdrawal.

Opioids are life-threatening. If you or a loved one are in need of recovery from opioid drugs, call Lakehouse Recovery Center today for information on our residential detox and treatment programs. We’re here to help you change your life. Call  877.762.3707 today.