Friday, November 2, 2018

Fentanyl-laced Crack - Deadly Newcomer

Within a recent four-day period, a Philadelphia hospital treated 18 patients for apparent opioid overdoses even though they'd only been smoking crack cocaine. None of them had intended to use opioids, but all had been exposed to high doses of fentanyl. 3 died. Between 2012 and 2016 there's been a 23-fold increase in the number of deaths involving cocaine in combination with synthetic opioids. That's 4,184 deaths in 2016 in the US.
Fentanyl has been increasingly making its way into both crack and powder cocaine. It's cheap, has a strong high and it makes people come back for more. A speedball is always a dangerous mixture. If one experience an overdose, the time to death is very short, minutes instead of hours.

Fentanyls are not water soluble and would be sprinkled on the crack. The combination would be pressed. It would appear as crack but breaks apart easier.