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Warning Issued About YET ANOTHER New And Even MORE Dangerous Drug Killing People

Jun 14, 2017 01:07PM ● Published by Bill Gilman

Atty. Paul King

 State Rep. Colleen Garry, who represents Dracut, shared a story from the State House News Service on her Facebook page, detailing a new warning being issued about a new, lethal drug hitting the streets of Massachusetts.
The new drug is called Carfentanil and it is loo times more powerful than the deadly synthetic opioid called fentanyl.
How dangerous is the new drug? Overdoses are being reported from people merely touching it.
Here is the complete story, as posted on state Rep. Garry's page:

RESIDENTS WARNED ABOUT LATEST OPIOID THREAT: CARFENTANIL
Law enforcement officials in a town about 25 miles south of Boston are warning residents to beware after authorities last week said three drug samples had tested positive for a drug that is about 100 times more powerful than the deadly synthetic opioid fentanyl.
"We are extremely concerned about the introduction of carfentanil in Massachusetts, which dramatically increases the chances that someone will die from a drug overdose," Whitman Fire Chief Timothy Grenno said in a statement released Sunday. "This is a substance so dangerous, that we've seen cases where first responders overdose from simply touching it."
According to Grenno and Whitman Police Chief Scott Benton, two of the drug samples that tested positive for carfentanil, a drug used to tranquilize large animals, were seized by Brockton Police and another was seized by transit police in the Quincy area.
The samples were tested in the State Police Crime Lab. Citing information from the Drug Enforcement Administration, Whitman officials said illicit fentanyl and other synthetic opioids can resemble powdered drugs such as heroin or cocaine and can be in pill or capsule form, "often represented as OcyContin, Xanax or other diverted pharmaceutical drugs."
"This is the first time we're seeing this lethal substance in Massachusetts, which signifies that this epidemic has taken a turn for the worse," Benton said. "Our number one priority is public safety and preventing the senseless loss of life due to overdose, and we will continue to strictly enforce drug laws in an effort to keep these deadly substances off our streets." - Michael P. Norton/SHNS
"We are extremely concerned about the introduction of carfentanil in Massachusetts, which dramatically increases the chances that someone will die from a drug overdose," Whitman Fire Chief Timothy Grenno said in a statement released Sunday. "This is a substance so dangerous, that we've seen cases where first responders overdose from simply touching it."
According to Grenno and Whitman Police Chief Scott Benton, two of the drug samples that tested positive for carfentanil, a drug used to tranquilize large animals, were seized by Brockton Police and another was seized by transit police in the Quincy area.
The samples were tested in the State Police Crime Lab. Citing information from the Drug Enforcement Administration, Whitman officials said illicit fentanyl and other synthetic opioids can resemble powdered drugs such as heroin or cocaine and can be in pill or capsule form, "often represented as OcyContin, Xanax or other diverted pharmaceutical drugs."
"This is the first time we're seeing this lethal substance in Massachusetts, which signifies that this epidemic has taken a turn for the worse," Benton said. "Our number one priority is public safety and preventing the senseless loss of life due to overdose, and we will continue to strictly enforce drug laws in an effort to keep these deadly substances off our streets." - Michael P. Norton/SHNS
"We are extremely concerned about the introduction of carfentanil in Massachusetts, which dramatically increases the chances that someone will die from a drug overdose," Whitman Fire Chief Timothy Grenno said in a statement released Sunday. "This is a substance so dangerous, that we've seen cases where first responders overdose from simply touching it."
According to Grenno and Whitman Police Chief Scott Benton, two of the drug samples that tested positive for carfentanil, a drug used to tranquilize large animals, were seized by Brockton Police and another was seized by transit police in the Quincy area.
The samples were tested in the State Police Crime Lab. Citing information from the Drug Enforcement Administration, Whitman officials said illicit fentanyl and other synthetic opioids can resemble powdered drugs such as heroin or cocaine and can be in pill or capsule form, "often represented as OcyContin, Xanax or other diverted pharmaceutical drugs."
"This is the first time we're seeing this lethal substance in Massachusetts, which signifies that this epidemic has taken a turn for the worse," Benton said. "Our number one priority is public safety and preventing the senseless loss of life due to overdose, and we will continue to strictly enforce drug laws in an effort to keep these deadly substances off our streets." - Michael P. Norton/SHNS
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