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Lawmakers in Massachusetts want Carfentanil to be added to state drug laws

Recently, various drug overdose cases involving Carfentanil were reported from the United States and other parts of the world. Also known by the moniker “elephant tranquilizer,” carfentanil is a potent opioid analog of fentanyl and 10,000 times more powerful than morphine.

Lawmakers in Massachusetts want to add this powerful drug to controlled substances and drug trafficking laws, through a proposed bipartisan legislation. State Reps. Timothy Whelan, R-Brewster, and Paul Tucker, D-Salem have already filed an Act to Regulate carfentanil. Once it becomes a law, possession of 5 grams or more of the drug would become a criminal offense, liable for prosecution by up to 20 years in prison. In such a situation, the drug would automatically scale to the list of Class A controlled substances in the state.

In 2015, the two lawmakers had co-sponsored a legislation to incorporate fentanyl into the Class B drugs in the state. Fentanyl, according to state data, was associated with nearly 70 percent opioid overdose deaths. However, carfentanil is even more powerful than fentanyl carrying 50-100 times higher potency than fentanyl. It was meant to tranquilize animals.

Their previous experience in law enforcement and past efforts have yielded positive results, and even this one would add several other variations of fentanyl to the list of Class A controlled substances, which already includes heroin. According to state reports, there were 2,000 opioid-related deaths in 2016.

Highly dangerous drug

Carfentanil poses a serious threat to public safety, first responder, treatment, medical and other laboratory personnel. It is often mixed with other drugs, including cocaine and crystal meth. The users seldom have any idea of their combination and the danger they are inviting.

The drug was associated with a string of overdose cases recently. A 52-year-old inmate in a Milwaukee County correction home died due to carfentanil overdose on April 30. He is the fourth confirmed death in Milwaukee County caused by carfentanil. The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office said that the death was accidental and officials are now trying to find how this contraband drug reached the correction home.

In another bizarre incident, an Ohio police officer felt the heat when he accidentally overdosed on drugs, suspected to be fentanyl and carfentanil, strewn throughout the car which he stopped at a traffic light. He is still recovering from the overdose. He started feeling dizzy after wiping the powder off his clothes. Hence, one can imagine the potency of this drug, which can be a real threat even to first responders, let alone users who consume them.

Even in neighboring Durham Region, the police has warned public about the deadly opioid. The police found carfentanil mixed in drugs seized in Whitby, Ontario, following an overdose case earlier this year. An overdose of carfentanil can be fatal and chances of revival are quite bleak. Regulations like the one proposed by the lawmakers would surely help save thousands of lives.

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Once a person gets hooked onto a substance, things only deteriorate unless a proper treatment plan is taken up. If left untreated, any addiction can become fatal. The first step in addiction recovery is detoxification which helps flush out harmful drugs from the body. Detox also help prepare the body for further treatment. One should not delay treatment or things can get out of control. Hence, if a loved is struggling with an addiction, get help from one of the best drug rehab centers in your area. Call at our 24/7 helpline number 855-441-4405 or chat online for immediate assistance.

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