An opioid 100 times more powerful than fentanyl may have caused 60 overdoses in two days

A powerful new opioid analog called carfentanil may have played a role in around 60 overdoses across Ohio and Indiana in the last two days. Carfentanil is approximately 100 times more powerful than fentanyl — the opioid involved in Prince’s death — and around 10,000 times more potent than morphine. It’s occasionally used as an elephant tranquilizer. Emergency responders need a lot more Narcan, the opioid overdose reversal drug, to treat it.

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