Law enforcement officials in Georgia have identified two new strains of the highly potent opioid fentanyl that may be immune to the opioid overdose antidote naloxone, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
The strains, called acrylfentanyl and tetrahydrofuran fentanyl, were identified by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) in March. “It is unknown how the human body will react to both drugs since they are not intended for human or veterinary use,” GBI said in a news release. “They both can be absorbed through the skin and are considered highly dangerous.”
Acrylfentanyl was banned in Georgia in April.
Overdose Deaths From Fentanyl are on the Rise: What You Should Know
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stated that 33,091 people died from opioid overdoses in 2015, which accounts for 63 percent of all drug overdose deaths in the same year. A recent report from the CDC found that drug deaths from fentanyl and other synthetic opioids, other than methadone, rose 72 percent in just one year, from 2014 to 2015.