Elephant Tranquilizers Are the New Heroin

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Drug addicts take regular gambles with their lives and each day they play a new game of Russian Roulette. It’s no secret that drug addicts put themselves in sketchy situations that no sane person would ever contemplate doing. Addicts “cop” dope from random people at run-down convenience stores, look for someone to give them the “eye” so they know they’re holding drugs and even buy legal “research chemicals” online, not really knowing what they’re getting other than the promise of getting high. Legally.

When addicts buy drugs they are putting a lot of trust into the dealer that they’re going to get the drugs they want. Addicts are in the game to get high. Dealers are in the game to make money. If anyone were to think that most drug dealers are good, decent people who want to sell the purest product at street level, they would actually be half right and also half wrong. They would be half right because most dealers sell the highest quality product to “green” drug users to get them hooked and keep them coming back for more. They would be half wrong because once a dealer’s stash runs low or the person is badly hooked, they start mixing in different chemicals to extend what they have to sell. This means addicts start getting ripped off buying drugs in which the potency has been significantly reduced due to “cutting.” People think they’re buying heroin or cocaine, but end up getting a baggie with half cocaine or heroin and half baking soda. Or half rat poison. Or laced with Fentanyl.

Drug dealers don’t care if what they sellYOUR son, daughter, husband or wife kills them. If your loved one’s money swells their pockets, the dealer couldn’t care less what happens to them. Most drugs are inconspicuous looking. They come as a dried plant, a brown or white powder or a black tar. Addicts generally think they know what they’re getting, but realistically, how could they actually know? They’re not testing it first to make sure they know what’s in it or how strong it is before they shoot it up or snort it. That’s usually the acid test. But if they got a bad batch then it’s game over.

Recently, in the news, there have been an insane number of reports of bad batches of heroin and other drugs, leading to a huge rise in overdoses and deaths around the country. For a while now, Fentanyl has been all the rage in the news. The pop artist Prince’s death was widely publicized as being caused by a Fentanyl overdose. Stories of heroin laced with Fentanyl have been plastered all over newspapers and in news broadcasts for years. Here’s an all-too typical lead in on the 6 O’clock news:

“Tonight at 6, 49 people have overdosed, with four fatalities in just under 12 hours. Authorities are blaming the powerful drug, Fentanyl, as the cause.”

That’s a bad headline. But it gets far worse, as if things weren’t bad enough already. Here’s a headline from a recent CNN report:

“Heroin laced with elephant tranquilizer hits the streets.”

Yep, that’s right, heroin cut with elephant tranquilizers. It’s sounds like a joke, but it’s very real. As the American heroin epidemic gets worse, a commercial drug called Carfentanil is finding its way into heroin supplies. Carfentanil is a derivative of Fentanyl and is used commercially to sedate large animals. It only takes 2 milligrams to knock out a 2000 lb. elephant! Two milligrams is an extremely tiny amount. Imagine it being about the size of a few grains of sand. It’s extraordinarily dangerous and not for use in humans. Unfortunately, no one knows if they’ve taken it until it’s too late.

In Hamilton County, Ohio, a public health warning was issued after 35 OD’s and 6 people died in only 3 days last week. It was reported that more than one local dealer had mixed Carfentanil in with the heroin they were selling to unsuspecting drug addicts. In neighboring Indiana, 12 overdoses and 1 death occurred during the same time period, leading authorities to believe the Carfentanil-laced heroin had made its way across state lines. According to the DEA, most of the supplies of Carfentanil and Fentanyl are currently being synthesized in China and brought into the U.S through Mexico.

As time goes on, drugs are becoming more potent, more dangerous chemicals are constantly being created and finding their way into communities nationwide. It’s now more dangerous than ever to be in the dope game. Greedy drug dealers are altering their drugs to make more profit for themselves at the cost of addict’s lives. It’s a mixed bag these days. When an addict buys drugs, they really never know what they’re going to get. Sometimes they may get exactly what they thought they were buying. Sometimes they’re getting an unknown “research chemical” instead that causes a high similar to the one they want. Even scarier, they could get ultra-powerful drugs, like heroin cut with Fentanyl or Carfentanil, leading to more OD’s and deaths than the DEA and local authorities know how to deal with.

What is our society going to do when all the doses of Narcan run out?

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Jason Good

Jason has been working in the field of addiction and recovery for over 10 years. Having been an addict himself he brings real-word experience to the table when helping addicts and their families, while also offering a first-person perspective to the current drug crisis. Jason is passionate about educating the public about what’s currently going on in our society, and thankfully, offers practical solutions. Jason is also the co-host of The Addiction Podcast—Point of No Return. You can follow Jason on Google+, Twitter, or connect with him on LinkedIn.