New Dangerous Opioid Mix Called “Gray Death” Blamed for Deaths in Three States

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A new combination of opioids, known as “Gray Death,” is being blamed for deaths in Alabama, Georgia and Ohio, the Associated Press reports. The combination includes heroin, fentanyl, carfentanil and a synthetic opioid called U-47700.

“Gray death is one of the scariest combinations that I have ever seen in nearly 20 years of forensic chemistry drug analysis,” said Deneen Kilcrease, manager of the chemistry section at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Kilcrease said people using the drug are not aware of its ingredients or their concentrations. Simply touching the powder can put a person at risk, she added.

Gray death looks like concrete mix. It varies in consistency from a hard, chunky material to a fine powder, the article notes. It is much more potent than heroin, according to the Gulf Coast High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area. People use the drug by injecting, swallowing, smoking or snorting it.

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Heroin and other opioids are ravaging communities across America. Deaths from heroin increased 328% between 2010 and 2015, and drug deaths from fentanyl and other synthetic opioids are now seeing a sharp rise as well. More Americans die from drug overdoses than in car crashes, and this increasing trend is driven by Rx painkillers.

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    Sandra McBee

    May 10, 2017 at 4:32 PM

    Taken in smaller doses it’s an excellent painkiller. If DEA and ADDICTIONS or Health and Substance Abuse networks stayed out of Pain Care this stuff wouldn’t even exist! They undertreat our pain and force us to streets just to be able to get out of bed! I’m sick of laying in bed! HBO has the documentary WARNING: This drug can kill you! And they show folks nodded out everywhere! What about those of us who function better at higher doses and are more alert and mobile? Where’s the documentary on the folks Opioids help!

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    Powell T. Stevenson-CSHM

    May 5, 2017 at 8:39 PM

    If we don’t work together to fight this, it’s going to beat us all

    Member of the Advisory Board for the Partnership for a Drug Free New Jersey

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