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Carfentanil is basically a tranquillizer used for elephants and is not meant for human consumption. Unfortunately it is being used in many drugs and widely distributed commercially.

Opioids are pain relievers prescribed to patients. They work in the body by attaching to pain receptors in the brain, which releases a hormone called morphine. It appears to increase the patient’s tolerance for pain and to decrease discomfort.

People who use opioids to reduce pain often become dependent on them, which can lead to addiction.

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Uses and adverse effects of carfentanil

Carfentanil is from a family of the most used drug as a painkiller called fentanyl. Fentanyl was the most commercially used opioid responsible for relieving pain and used in all the painkillers distributed commercially and used in hospitals to relieve pain after surgeries.

Carfentanil is 10,000 times more powerful than morphine and 10,000 times more potent and that makes it the most potentially used opioid commercially nowadays.

It has many adverse effects like slow breathing, nausea, itching and respiratory depressions. In August 2016, heroin contaminated with carfentanil was reported in Florida, Indiana and Ohio, possibly contributing to overdoses and taking many lives.

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Public health warnings

A public service message was issued by the Hamilton County Public Health with Hamilton County Heroin Coalition in July 2016 to make people aware of heroin in which carfentanil is present and to report anyone who is responsible for distributing this drug in public.

Carfentanil is a fatal opioid which can lead to addiction, and overdose may cause death. Unfortunately, people are buying these opioids without knowing the side effects of this dangerous drug.

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