11-30 | CDAH Team
Year 2015 proved to be the worst year for drug overdose deaths in the United States. But only till the time 2016 data wasn’t released. As per the latest stats released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 64,000 Americans died due to drug overdoses in 2016, mostly from synthetic opioids like fentanyl, heroin, and common opioid painkillers such as Percocet and OxyContin. These deaths far outnumbered other leading causes of deaths in the U.S., including guns, car crashes, and HIV/AIDS. These numbers even exceeded all U.S. military casualties in the Vietnam and Iraq wars put together.
The epidemic started in the nineties, when health experts indiscriminately began prescribing opioids for assuaging pain in their patients. In addition, to make matters worse, a few unscrupulous pharmaceutical manufacturers also jumped in to trigger the epidemic. Perceiving it as a money minting opportunity, they indulged in misleading marketing strategies, portraying opioids as an elixir for all kinds of pain.
Most doctors, in a dilemma to treat complex pain problems, started prescribing their patients painkillers. In some cases, they overprescribed their patients. In situations like dental surgeries or a C-section delivery, it was common to prescribe a weeklong supply of opioids or even for months, whereas those procedures do not call for more than a few days of opioids and that too with milder painkillers like ibuprofen.
At a time when the entire nation is reeling under the deluge of an opioid crisis, the onset of another new and potent street drug, known as gray death, is catastrophic. A lethal concoction of heroin, fentanyl, carfentanil, and U-47700 (Pink), Gray Death – all of which are deadly if abused without mixing with anything else also – is the new tyrant with a potential to inflict colossal damages. The concrete, rock-like drug can kill a person even with a single dose of about the size of a grain of salt. It’s said that it may prove to be lethal even when touched, as it can penetrate the skin on contact.
Gray death derives its harmful properties from its extremely powerful constituents like fentanyl which is 50 times more potent than heroin and 100 times more potent than morphine, elephant sedative carfentanil which is 100 times stronger than fentanyl, plus the potent U-47700 and heroin.
An agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration, Patrick Apel, says, “Gray death is nothing more than a very potent, very deadly cocktail.” All individual components in gray death are highly powerful attributes and with documented data of millions of overdoses and deaths over the years. When all these fatal drugs commingle, it will invariably put the person at risk of a quick overdose.
In addition, another risk associated with use or abuse of a street drug is its potency. Oftentimes, users are unaware of the laced compounds meant to enhance the potency of drug. This highly increases the chances of unintentional overdoses and deaths as well.
Abuse of any addictive substances is associated with a host of negative consequences like physical and mental health issues, occupational hassles, relationship problems, financial breakdown, and much more. Hence, it is important to understand the potency of such drugs before it is too late.
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