Georgia police have discovered two strains of Fentanyl which cannot be treated with the anti-overdose medication, Narcan. Worse of all, they can be absorbed into the skin and as little as one grain can kill you. The first one is Acrylfentanyl, a highly potent opioid which could kill with just one dab. In Illinois, 44 people have died from overdoses of the drug.
More troubling is tetrahydrofureon, which is so new that it isn’t even on the banned list yet.
Both drugs overwhelm the brain with such intensity that Narcan (the brand name for naloxone) has little to no effect.
They can both be absorbed through the skin, meaning users can overdose by simply touching it.
‘We’re talking about such trace amounts that literally the size of one grain of salt can kill,’ Marietta Police Officer Chuck McPhilamy told First Coast News.
Nelly Miles, of the Georgia Bureau of Investigations, added to Channel 2 Action News: ‘There are multiple reports showing that this drug [acrylfentanyl] is resistant to naloxone.’
Narcan works by blocking the brain receptors which fentanyl unlocks.
Drug users experience their high from opioids because the substance seeks out receptors in the brain, attaches to them, and ‘unlocks’ them – like a key.
Over the next few minutes and hours the drug repeatedly locks and unlocks those receptors, triggering a rush of joy, calm and pain relief.
However, too much of a drug can overload those receptors and start to block the blood flow to the brain.
This causes shortness of breath and a slow heart rate.
H/T The Mail Online