As the nation’s opioid epidemic continues to grow, a new drug is surfacing in some states that is 100 times more potent than fentanyl, the cause of many opioid-related deaths in recent months.
The newer drug, carfentanil, is used as an elephant tranquilizer and is so dangerous that it has been banned for use in war under the Chemical Weapons Convention.
Here & Now's Robin Young speaks with Commander Dennis Lowe of the Major Crimes Unit in Ohio about the threat the drug brings not just to drug users, but to their family, friends and even to first responders and law enforcement.
Dennis Lowe, president of the Ohio Narcotic Officer Association.
This article was originally published on October 19, 2016.
This segment aired on October 19, 2016.