Friday, December 2, 2016

Carfentanil Bust in Miami-Dade highlights growing crisis


Carfentanil seizure in Vancouver in August
Miami-Dade police narcotics detectives and FBI agents on Friday raided the home of a carfentanil dealer. The FBI’s Technical Hazards Response Unit donned Hazmat suits to search the dealer’s South Miami-Dade home. Users have injected, ingested or snorted the drug with no such protection.

Carfentanil has been detected in the bodies of at least 107 people who died of overdoses this year, according to data by the Miami-Dade Medical Examiner’s Office. That number is considered low as lab results are still pending from others. The U.S. DEA issued a public warning in September. “Carfentanil is surfacing in more and more communities. We see it on the streets, often disguised as heroin. It is crazy dangerous.”
Across South Florida, opioids — heroin, fentanyl and its synthetic cousins — have been increasingly detected in the bodies of hundreds of overdose victims in the past two years. Many users believe they are taking heroin, and don’t realize it has been cut with fentanyl, carfentanil or other very cheaply made synthetics. Cartfentanil cases did not begin showing up in Miami-Dade until around July.

Ingesting just a few granules of carfentanil can be lethal. It can also be readily absorbed through the skin. It is by far the most deadly of the opiates available on the street. At the present time there are no restrictions on the drug in China, it's point of manufacture.