A New Synthetic Opioid Could be Deadlier than FentanylLast Updated: Monday, July 10, 2017
(KSHB, July 6) The synthetic opioid fentanyl has devastated communities across the nation. But acryl fentanyl, a new version of the drug, threatens to be even deadlier.
Just two milligrams of the highly potent acryl fentanyl could lead to death, so the anti-overdose drug Naloxone (Narcan) used by first responders doesn’t always work. There have been reports that the drug is resistant to Naloxone.
"First responders then have to give you multiple doses of naloxone to try and overcome the opiates in your body,” Missouri DEA special agent Doug Dorley told KSHB.
Like fentanyl, acryl fentanyl (which law enforcement officials believe is being smuggled in the U.S.) is often mixed into heroin by drug dealers to intensify the high. Many users aren’t aware what they are taking. Read more.