Whether they are prescribed medically or taken for pleasure, every drug can kill. What generally matters is the dosage of the drug consumed. But did you know that we now have drugs that are so dangerous they will kill with a single dose?
Sometimes, we may think we have enough of these dangerous drugs, but new and more dangerous ones just keep popping up. “Gray death” as it is commonly known has already killed several people in states like Alabama, Ohio, and Georgia. It is one of the most lethal drugs in America at this time.
What makes the drug so deadly is its combination — heroin, fentanyl, and carfentanil. Carfentanil is an animal tranquilizer 100 times more powerful than fentanyl. It is mostly used by veterinarians on large animals like elephants. Added to this dreadful combination is U-4770, a synthetic opioid otherwise known as “Pink.”
Deneen Kilcrease, manager of the chemistry section at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, says Gray death is one of the scariest combinations he has seen in nearly 20 years of forensic chemistry drug analysis.
Grey death is so lethal that it penetrates your skin to your bloodstream should you handle it with gloves. It is an absolutely dangerous product, and its toxicity is fairly known. So why on earth will people want to deal with such a dangerous combination?
The first thing forces of law and order have identified is the affordability of heroin on the streets. Prescription painkillers are becoming a lot more inaccessible so drug users are turning to heroin which they can easily get on the streets. Unfortunately, these individuals cannot quite tell if the heroin they consume is pure. In some cases, other products are added to them. And that’s how Gray death has been able to kill a good number of Americans.
Law enforcement officials also discovered that user underestimate the power of the drug and take it in abusive quantities like they will do for other drugs. The end result of course is death.