Public Safety Alert: Carfentanil

Carfentanil is a synthetic opioid approximately 10,000 times more potent than morphine and 100 times more potent than fentanyl. It poses a public hazard not only to substance abusers, but to first responders, medical and substance abuse treatment providers and law enforcement personnel who may come into contact with this substance. Listen to a group of opioid addicts in recovery, talk about their experiences and knowledge of carfentanil. Be careful out there.  

Discussion Guide:

Are you familiar with fentanyl and carfentanil?

Have you used these substances?

Do you have a plan for the safe handling of these substances?

Are you or your family members trained in the use of naloxone, and do you have a naloxone kit readily available for a possible overdose?

Have you warned others about the dangers of these substances?

Supplemental Reading:

DEA Issues Carfentanil Warning to Police and Public, Drug Enforcement Administration, http://countrynewswire.com/2016/09/dea-issues-carfentanil-warning-to-police-and-public/#
 
More information about fentanyl, carfentanil and other dangerous synthetic opiates can be found at www.dea.gov.