Carfentanil – Deadly Drug Used to Sedate Elephants Mixed with Heroin

CarfentanilCarfentanil is a synthetic opioid and is considered amongst the most powerful on the planet. It’s not intended for use on humans. As a comparison, Carfentanil is approximately 100 times more powerful and stronger than fentanyl and up to 10,000 times stronger than morphine. It’s primary use is to sedate elephants. Recently, it has been found mixed in with heroin in Cincinnati, Ohio. It has also been assessed as a recent cause of heroin overdose in both Columbus and Akron. 25 overdoses 4 of which were fatal were reported in Akron and 10 overdoses 2 of which were fatal were reported in Columbus all in a 3 day period.

Carfentanil was first manufactured by a team of chemists at Janssen Pharmaceutical in 1974. It is marketed under the trademark Wildnil as a sedative and general anaesthetic agent for large animals. Carfentanil is intended for use with large animals only and is not for human consumption or use at all. Sufentanil, approximately 10-20 times less potent than Carfentanil and 500 to 1000 times more potent than Morphine is the maximum strength fentanyl analog for use in humans.

Carfentanil and other Fentanyl analog drugs are accompanied by side effects very similar to fentanyl itself. This can include severe itching, nausea and potentially fatal respiratory depression. Fentanyl analogs have been responsible for countless human deaths throughout Europe and the former Soviet republics since its most recent appearance in Estonia in the early 2000s.

Carfentanil is a Schedule II Narcotic controlled substance in the United States with a DEA ACSCN of 9743 and a 2015 annual aggregate manufacturing quota of 19 grams, unchanged from the prior year.[5]

The danger caused both the Greater Cincinnati Fusion Center and Hamilton County Heroin Coalition to issue warnings about Carfentanil. Hamilton County Health Department has also warned emergency personnel, medical staff and first responders.


Carfentanil is so strong that veterinarians must not come into contact with the drug when administering it. An antidote for overdose is typically kept nearby in the event the drug comes into contact with exposed areas of the skin.

At this time, it is unknown whether those cutting it with heroin are stealing Carfentanil from veterinarians or manufacturing it in clandestine labs. Many designer drugs are actually manufactured in China and then illegally imported into the United States. Carfentanil is new to the streets and only recently has it been added to law enforcement’s radar.

The increasing popularity of the heroin epidemic and greater demand for opioids is causing drug distributors and manufacturers to increase their supply. Synthetic opioids such as Carfentanil, Krokodil, etc. are increasing in popularity simply because they are inexpensive, easy to make and meet the demands of “customers” or active addicts.

Given how widespread opioids have become and are becoming, it’s no surprise that the majority of drug overdose related deaths involve an opioid according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Prescription opiods such as oxycodone, morphine, Percocet, etc. sold in the United States and heroin and opioid related deaths have nearly quadrupled since 1999.

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