The drug epidemic is not going way and continues to harm individuals, families, and communities. Dangerous opioids seem to be emerging in the black market, making it likely for drugs like carfentanil to come into the scene. This drug, when cut with heroin or other drugs, is so potent even the smallest dose can cause overdose or risk of death. Learn more about the dangers of this drug.


A synthetic opioid is designed and produced in a laboratory, without the poppy plant. The legal purpose is to tranquilize large animals like horses and elephants. Because it is designed for large animals and not people, the potency is greater than most opioids, up to 10,000 times stronger than morphine and 100 times more potent than fentanyl. It is closely related to fentanyl on a chemical level and comes in both powder and tablets. It may be absorbed into the skin, inhaled, or ingested. People who have contact with it are at risk, also, including emergency personnel responding to a possible overdose. Animals who have been tranquilized with it should not be eaten for the smallest dose may be fatal.

Carfentanil and Heroin

Like fentanyl, carfentanil has found its way into the illegal drug market. The drug has existed for quite some time. Before carfentanil was a problem in America, it was misused in two former Soviet states in the Baltic region. It has been found mixed with heroin in the United States. It is most likely illegally produced abroad and shipped here. Drug dealers are mixing carfentanil into heroin and other drugs to make it cheaper and increase sales. Carfentanil is notoriously resistant to naloxone and may require several shots to have an effect.

Dangers and Risks

Carfentanil and its dangers are not as well-known as fentanyl and other synthetic opioids, having only emerged as a public health concern last summer when a string of overdoses emerged. The state of Ohio is really struggling with the emergence of these drugs, especially carfentanil. As a result, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) warned police and the public how to protect themselves from the drug. To protect themselves from its effects, there are steps families can take:

  • Get educated on the drug, risks, and dangers
  • Stay up-to-date on information and current news related to emerging drug trends
  • Staying informed facilitates open and honest dialogue

The more parents and caregivers can stay engaged in knowing what loved ones are doing, the better the chances are for people to receive help they need for addiction. There are treatment programs that help people get off drugs and substances but it takes a village coming together to support them in recovery.

A Step in the Right Direction provides quality care for clients seeking support for addiction recovery. Recovery does not happen in a vacuum. We teach people how to live a sober life through programs, therapeutic support, and evidence-based therapies. Our recovery program is staffed by people who understand the power of addiction. For more information sober living programs for men and women as well as recovery programs, call (877) 377-3702.