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District attorney warns public of new dangerous drug

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Police Log

Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli is warning the public about Gray Death, a new drug that can kill with a single dose. This drug is dangerous even to touch with gloves, Morganelli said, adding there have been reported overdoses in Georgia, Alabama and Ohio.

Gray Death is comprised of heroin, fentanyl, the elephant tranquilizer carfentanil and a synthetic opioid called U-47700.

“This is one of the scariest combinations in almost 20 years of forensic chemistry drug analysis,” Morganelli said. “In just three months, there have been 50 overdoses involving Gray Death. The consistency varies, but it looks like a concrete mixture that can be injected, swallowed, smoked or snorted.”

The drug sells for about $10 on the street.

Gray Death, like heroin, can be laced with other drugs and, therefore, users cannot be sure of the potency of the drug. The low price of heroin led users to switch from prescription painkillers to heroin, which is often cut with fentanyl. Fentanyl is 50 times more potent than heroin and 100 times more potent than morphine.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and law enforcement departments throughout the country are on high alert for fentanyl-laced opioids. This is the reason for an increasing number of unintentional overdose fatalities in numerous states throughout the country. Opioids including prescription drugs and heroin killed more than 33,000 Americans in 2015 alone.

“I would like to get the message out to the public about the dangers of using Gray Death before it becomes an epidemic in Pennsylvania,” Morganelli said. “If you use Gray Death, it will kill you — and can kill with just a single dose.”