Dangerous opioid combo ‘gray death’ is latest mixing trend; authorities issue warning

From the Tribune:

It’s being called “gray death” — a new and dangerous opioid combo that underscores the ever-changing nature of the U.S. addictions epidemic.

Investigators who nicknamed the mixture have detected it or recorded overdoses blamed on it in Alabama, Georgia and Ohio. The drug looks like concrete mix and varies in consistency from a hard, chunky material to a fine powder.

The substance is a combination of several opioids blamed for thousands of fatal overdoses nationally, including heroin, fentanyl, carfentanil — sometimes used to tranquilize large animals like elephants — and a synthetic opioid called U-47700.

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