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Medically Reviewed By:
Dr. Patricia Sullivan MD MPH on 11/2/2021
What You Need to Know About Carfentanil
Carfentanil is a drug that has begun to play a role in the many overdose deaths across the United States every year.
If you or a loved one is suffering from addiction to Carfentanil or may be at risk of accidentally using Carfentanil, it is important to seek help. This substance can have fatal consequences. Knowing what to do if you or a loved one is exposed to Carfentanil is key to staying safe in those instances.
We’ve created this guide to help you understand the dangers of Carfentanil. Currently, Fentanyl is at the forefront of the opioid epidemic, but we must stay vigilant about increasing Carfentanil use.
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- Carfentanil is a Powerful Drug More Potent Than Fentanyl
- How Carfentanil is Being Found
- The Risks of Carfentanil
- Dangerous Encounters With Carfentanil
- Deaths Associated with Carfentanil
- Get Help with Addiction to Opioids
A Powerful Drug
What is Carfentanil? It isn’t as common to hear about as other opioids such as heroin. However, it is a powerful substance. So what is Carfentanil? Carfentanil or Carfentanyl is similar to the synthetic opioid Fentanyl. It is also one of the most potent opioids available today. It is the most potent opioid that is used commercially.
How powerful is this drug? Carfentanil has a quantitative potency that is approximately 10,000 times more powerful than morphine. It is also one hundred times more potent than Fentanyl.
When it comes to humans, it begins to affect at about one microgram of a dosage. Carfentanil has a high potential for abuse. Abusing this type of drug may lead to severe psychological issues. It may also lead to a physical dependency on the drug.
So what is Carfentanil used for? Carfentanil is marketed legally under the trade name Wildnil. The drug has been used as a tranquilizer for larger animals. It is intended to be used for animals such as elephants.
It’s important to remember that this drug is so powerful that it is meant for larger mammals. Humans are too small to be able to handle the powerful effects of Carfentanyl. Our size is why it is a particularly dangerous drug for us to consume.
How Carfentanil is Found
When learning more about this drug, you may wonder where does someone gets Carfentanil from? Right now, Carfentanil is manufactured in China and then exported all over the world.
However, this could change in the future, and other countries may begin to export this drug illegally. This is how it eventually ends up in the United States.
Carfentanil is a drug that is also found online. The drug is marketed on the darknet. However, because this is not legal, it is often referred to as a “research chemical.”
Once purchased, it is sold through direct mail shipments. The drug is quite expensive and ranges from being $800 to $2,500 per gram.
Purchasing carfentanil is dangerous. Not only is there a huge risk when it comes to purchasing this substance, but the substance itself is risky to have.
An individual can experience a range of harmful symptoms just by being around Carfentanil.
The Risks of Carfentanil
The drug carfentanil is dangerous because it is so potent. It is 10,000 times more potent than morphine and 100 times more potent than Fentanyl.
Its potency is likely why use is beginning to increase around the United States.
It is often disguised as heroin. However, it is extremely dangerous if taken by people. Carfentanil can kill you due to how potent it is. Due to this fact, the DEA has issued public warnings to the public and law enforcement regarding Carfentanil.
The DEA is trying to make the public and law enforcement more aware of the many health and safety risks when it comes to Carfentanil.
Carfentanil is already linked to many overdose deaths across the country. It comes in various forms such as powder, blotter paper, tablets, and a carfentanil nasal spray.
Because this drug can be absorbed through the skin, it also poses a risk to first responders, medical professionals, and treatment and laboratory employees. This is a dangerous substance that professionals must be cautious around if they encounter someone who is using Carfentanil.
Carfentanil Exposure Signs of Overdose
If you end up encountering this dangerous substance, there are a few things that you can do to remain safe. Firstly, you want to exercise extreme caution. Do not touch any substance that is thought to contain
Fentanyl or a fentanyl-related compound. That means under no circumstances should you move this substance or hold it in your possession. This may sound extreme, but it isn’t.
Only those individuals that have been properly trained to handle these substances and are law enforcement professionals should be handling these substances.
Know the Signs
Secondly, make sure that you are aware of the signs of exposure and carfentanil overdose symptoms. This will allow you to remain safe. Signs of exposure can include:
- Clammy skin
- Respiratory depression or arrest
- Pinpoint pupils
- DisorientationMake sure to look out for these carfentanil overdose symptoms early on. The symptoms will begin to occur within minutes of exposure. This is what you can expect from the carfentanil experience.
Get Medical Attention Immediately
Thirdly, make sure to reach out and get medical attention as soon as possible. This is not something that you want to wait on. As soon as you are aware that you have been exposed to Carfentanil, seek out medical attention.
If you are with someone who has been exposed to these substances, move them to fresh air. If they have ingested one of the substances, make sure to wash out the person’s eyes and mouth with water while you are waiting for medical professionals to arrive.
Keep Naloxone (Narcan) On Hand to Use For Opioid Overdoses
Fourthly, be ready to administer Naloxone if you or another individual is exposed to one of these substances. This drug is life-saving when it comes to overdoses. It is extremely important to have on hand if you or someone you know suffers from an addiction issue.
By administering this drug, you can immediately reverse the signs of an overdose. Using this drug can be the difference between life and death. Multiple doses of Naloxone may be needed for an individual’s body to stabilize.
For a drug such as Carfentanil, an individual may need as many as six doses of Naloxone. Make sure to administer until an individual is breathing again. Always call 911 if an overdose occurs regardless of if Naloxone is on hand.
Knowing the precautions when it comes to certain substances can benefit both you and other individuals. As the saying goes, it is better to be safe than sorry and when using drugs.
Deaths Associated with Carfentanil
Carfentanil is a dangerous drug that is the cause of many overdoses and deaths. Between July 2016 and June 2017, there were 11,045 opioid overdose deaths. Out of those deaths, 1,236 overdose deaths were caused by Carfentanil.
Individuals should be extremely cautious about trying this substance. Sadly, Carfentanil is often mixed with other drugs by drug dealers looking to enhance the power of another substance such as heroin or cocaine.
Since Carfentanil is often used in its white powdery state, it can easily be mixed into other drugs without being detected. Those that buy these drugs have no way of knowing that it has been laced with Carfentanil.
Even if an individual isn’t using Carfentanil, it can still cause harm due to airborne exposure or accidental skin absorption.
Although an individual may only be around someone using this drug, they still may experience negative side effects. That’s another reason why it is important to practice precaution with this dangerous substance.
Get Help For Opioid Addiction
If you or a loved one is using Carfentanil, try to get help as soon as possible. Carfentanil is a dangerous substance that is extremely potent and harmful to the human body.
Even if you or a loved one is using opioids, there may still be a risk of contacting Carfentanil. There is a range of options available when it comes to seeking out addiction treatment.
Depending on the severity of your or a loved one’s addiction, it is important to be open to different types of treatment. Some individuals may do better with a longer stay in treatment, while others may be a better fit for a shorter stay.
Treatment length can range from a few weeks long to a few months long. Those that suffer from severe addiction issues may do better in a longer-term treatment program.
However, those that have a milder addiction issue may do better in a short-term treatment program. Treatment programs also range when it comes to autonomy. Some programs offer 24/7 care and support.
Other programs allow patients to remain at home and come to the treatment center a few times a week. What works for an individual depends on the level of care they need and their history with addiction.
For more information on treatment programs and how you or a loved one can seek out help, give us a call at (888) 906-0952. We can answer any questions or concerns you may have about addiction treatment care.
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