ARIZONA NEWS

Drug overdose in Arizona attributed to carfentanil, DEA confirms

Apr 17, 2018, 2:31 PM
In this June 27, 2016 photo provided by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, a member of the RCMP ope...
In this June 27, 2016 photo provided by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, a member of the RCMP opens a printer ink bottle containing the opioid carfentanil imported from China, in Vancouver. Drug dealers have been cutting carfentanil and its weaker cousin, fentanyl, into heroin and other illicit drugs to boost profit margins. (Royal Canadian Mounted Police via AP)
(Royal Canadian Mounted Police via AP)

PHOENIX — A new drug could be running rampant through Arizona’s streets.

The Drug Enforcement Agency announced Monday that an overdose that took place late last year was attributed to carfentanil, a synthetic opioid that is used in “veterinary proactive to immobilize certain large animals.”

It was described as a substance that has a potency that is 5,000 times stronger than heroin, 10,000 that of morphine and 100 times stronger than fentanyl.

“It is so powerful that as little as a [grain of sand] can kill a person that has no tolerance,” Doug Coleman, special agent in charge of DEA in Arizona, told KTAR News 92.3 FM.

“The DEA sets quotas for how much of these controlled substances can be manufactured in a year in the United States. The quota for this drug is less than one ounce that’s even allowed to be manufactured,” he said.

The overdose death involved a 21-year-old male who was found dead in a vehicle parked outside of a local restaurant.

The source of the carfentanil was still unknown.

The drug used to be available to buy from China through the internet, but the Chinese government introduced a law in 2017 that outlawed the manufacturing and production of carfentanil.

“But, there are underground labratories in China that manufacture this drug and they’ll still sell it over the internet,” said Coleman.

“They’re not legitimate websites, but there is a back page, a black market of these people that can talk to these Chinese underground manufacturers and make it, and then they’ll send it over to you on the internet.”

The DEA was investigating leads to determine the origin of the drug.

“We want everyone to be very cautious,” Coleman said.

“The people that have addiction problems with this drug, we want you to be very cautious in what you’re taking. We want get yourselves into treatment. We want parents to pay attention to what their kids are doing on the internet.”

KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Kathy Cline contributed to this report. 

Lifetime Windows & Doors

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

Rod Stewart performs during The BRIT Awards 2020 at The O2 Arena on Feb. 18, 2020. in London. (Phot...
KTAR.com

Rod Stewart delays Phoenix concert for more than a year

The Rod Stewart concert scheduled for next month at Phoenix’s Footprint Center is being pushed back more than a year because of unspecified "production delays.”
22 hours ago
(Facebook photo/Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)...
KTAR.com

Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team fatally shoots man who allegedly shot at them

The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office SWAT team on Wednesday fatally shot a man who allegedly shot at them, authorities said.
22 hours ago
(Flickr Photo/India Water Portal)...
Associated Press

Petitions submitted for new groundwater management district in southeastern Arizona

A proposal apparently headed to the November ballot would have voters in rural southeastern Arizona decide whether to create a new regulatory district to manage large-scale groundwater use for agriculture in an area where aquifer levels have dropped in recent years.
22 hours ago
(Phoenix Police Photo)...
KTAR.com

Police seeking person of interest in Phoenix shooting that left man dead

Police are seeking a person of interest in a shooting in Phoenix last month that left a man dead.
22 hours ago
(Match Market & Bar Photo/Timothy Fox Photography)...
KTAR.com

What’s cooking? Spring Arizona Restaurant Week starts 10-day run Friday

More than 100 restaurants have signed on to show off their menus during Arizona Restaurant Week, which kicks off Friday.
22 hours ago
(Photo by: Lindsey Nicholson/UCG/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)...
Danny Shapiro

Phoenix gas average eclipses $5 a gallon with more increases likely this summer, expert says

Phoenix has eclipsed an average of $5 for a gallon of gasoline and prices are likely to continue rising for a while, an industry expert said Wednesday.
22 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

...
Carla Berg, MHS, Deputy Director, Public Health Services, Arizona Department of Health Services

ADHS mobile program brings COVID-19 vaccines and boosters to Arizonans

The Arizona Department of Health Services and partner agencies are providing even more widespread availability by making COVID-19 vaccines available in neighborhoods through trusted community partners.
(Twitter photo / Coco5)...
Coco5

Suns star Devin Booker’s all-natural sports drink Coco5 perfect for any activity

Devin Booker is leading the Suns in pursuit of their first NBA championship while also working to provide people proper hydration with Coco5.
...
DAY & NIGHT AIR CONDITIONING, HEATING AND PLUMBING

In Sonoran heat, prevent costly AC repairs with an annual tune-up

As winter has finally passed and the days are becoming warmer, now is a good time to be sure your AC unit is polished and ready to run.
Drug overdose in Arizona attributed to carfentanil, DEA confirms