“Gray death” that looks like a concrete is a highly dangerous opioid combo that is the latest killer drug. This concrete substance is the combination of several opioids responsible for thousands of fatal overdoses nationally, including heroin, painkiller fentanyl, an animal tranquilizer, Carfentanil. Carfentanil is sometimes used to tranquilize larger animals like elephants and tigers.
Deneen Kilcrease, manager of the chemistry section at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said, “Gray death is one of the scariest combinations that I have ever seen in nearly 20 years of forensic chemistry drug analysis.” “Gray death ingredients and their concentrations are unknown to users, making it particularly lethal. As these drugs could easily penetrate through the skin, just touching the powder could also be risky”, he further added.
Some of the drugs taken from Prince’s estate after the musician’s overdose death last year contained U-47700. This U-47700 is a synthetic opioid commonly called as “Pink” or “U4”. Pink itself is very hazardous and when added to the combo becomes more fatal, according to Baer. Gray death has more strength than heroin, according to a bulletin issued by the Gulf Coast High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area. In past three months, Georgia’s investigation bureau has received 50 overdose cases involving gray death, said spokeswoman Nelly Miles.
Some groups are also seeing fentanyl mixed with non-opioids, such as cocaine. The state of Rhode Island has suggested that individuals that were taking cocaine now take an anti-overdose drug naloxone. Such combinations have proved a hallmark for heroin and opioid epidemic that resulted in 33,000 deaths in 2015.
The chemical compound named THC or Tetrahydrocannabinol found in marijuana is riskier. According to Baer, “No one should underestimate the deadly nature associated with these cocktails.” He further added, “You can buy one of these cocktails for $10-$20 on the street and lose your life in a few seconds.”