Carfentanil is a powerful derivative of fentanyl, a synthetic opioid produced from morphine. Carfentanil is approximately 100 times more potent than fentanyl and 10,000 times more potent than morphine. This drug is not approved for use in humans in any capacity. It is typically found in veterinary medicine to sedate large animals, primarily elephants. In fact, the drug is so powerful that when veterinarians handle carfentanil, they use protective gear so they don’t breathe it in or absorb it through their skin. Carfentanil can resemble the appearance of powdered cocaine or heroin. It has also been laced in counterfeit prescription pills.
Carfentanil and other fentanyl-related substances affect the body in a matter of minutes. A dose the size of a grain of salt can rapidly lead to an overdose and death. In the case of suspected exposure, call 911 immediately. For more information, click here.