Elephant Tranquilizer, Carfentanil, found in Heroin

The average elephant weighs over 8,300 pounds. The male African elephant is the largest land-dwelling creature on the planet. Sometimes elephants injure themselves badly, and a veterinarian needs to perform a surgery. Just as with humans, the elephant feels pain and requires an anesthetic to help it cope with the pain of surgery. The anesthetic vets use specifically for these incredibly massive elephants is called Carfentanil. In an ungodly act of unkindness to humanity, this drug is finding its way into heroin.tranquilized-elephant

WHAT IS CARFENTANIL?

CarfentanilCarfentanil is an opioid first synthesized in the 1970s and designed specifically for the anesthesia of large mammals. It is considered the strongest opioid known to man, and is 10,000 times stronger than morphine. The most potent opioid medically allowed to be given to human beings is called Fentanyl, and this drug is 100 times stronger than Fentanyl. Illustrated in the article by the previous link is the case of a veterinarian who was accidentally splashed in the eyes by a tranquilizer dart containing just 1.5mg of Carfentanil (diluted by 50mg xylazine hydrochloride), and within two minutes he was uncontrollably drowsy. Imagine the effect of direct insertion to be essentially a deathwish.

WHAT HAPPENED IN OHIO?

Recently, large amounts of heroin were discovered within the border of Ohio that contained Carfentanil. The day this article is being written is July 28, 2016. In less than three weeks there have been 141 heroin overdoses, 14 of them fatal, in the city of Akron alone. This is beyond disturbing; it is clear evidence we need to amplify the amount of effort that goes into the ridding of heroin (and other illicit substances) from our country.

Dr. Kimberly Cook is the director of animal health at the Akron Zoo, remarked on the extreme potency of Carfentanil, and is quoted as having said, “We’re concerned that even a drop could get in an eye so we wear eye protection. We wear long sleeves. We wear gloves.” The trained expert wears armor against the drug. Imagine the damages from putting it inside your body. The evidence lies in the deaths of these Ohio citizens.

The problem is spreading. Overdoses in Akron first alerted authorities about the new potent mixture, but it is quickly finding its way elsewhere. Muskingum Behavioral Health worker Steve Carrel spoke on the spread of Carfentanil, saying, “This is relatively new. I’ve heard that it has gotten as close as Columbus.” Hamilton County is being affected. A very blunt remark was made by the Hamilton County Coroner, Dr. Sammarco: “Narcan may not save you from this one.”

THE BOTTOM LINE

The bottom line is do not abuse illicit drugs, but for those of you still fighting the grasp of heroin, perhaps this is a scare you needed. Elephant drugs being put into heroin sounds like something made up until you see the recent news of Ohio. Jim Nice is the police chief of Akron, and his quote from CBS News sums this issue up with a cold, hard fact: “Most of the deaths from heroin overdoses are coming from too much fentanyl being cut into that.” Carfentanil, remember, is 100x stronger.

If you or a loved one is addicted to or recovering from an addiction to heroin, there is help available.