A new opioid threat has arrived – “gray death” – and it can kill with a single dose.
Gray death is a “combination” drug, comprised of several opioids that together cause thousands of overdose deaths annually:
- Heroin—12,990 deaths in 2015
- Fentanyl—Up to 50X stronger than heroin
- Carfentanil—100X stronger than fentanyl
- U-47700—5X more powerful than morphine
|“Gray death is one of the scariest combinations that I have ever seen in nearly 20 years of forensic chemistry drug analysis.”
~Deneen Kilcrease, Georgia Bureau of Investigation
The drug resembles a concrete mixture, and it can be injected, swallowed, smoked, or snorted.
Why is Gray Death So Dangerous?
All opioids cause respiratory depression, and the more powerful the drug, the harder it becomes to breathe. Gray death is so potent, even multiple doses of the anti-opioid overdose drug naloxone may not come in time to resuscitate someone in an emergency.
There is another problem—drug addicts may not know they are using substituted gray death instead of their usual heroin. Richie Webber, an overdose survivor, said, “You don’t know what you’re getting with these things. Every time you shoot up, you’re literally playing Russian roulette with your life.”