A new synthetic opioid known as gray death has turned up in 50 overdose cases in the past 3 months in Georgia, Alabama and Ohio, some of them lethal. Some of its ingredients include synthetic opioids that are already deadly on their own, such as heroin, fentanyl, an elephant tranquilizer carfentanil, and U-47700.
People can inject, smoke, snort or swallow the drug, which resembles a concrete mixture but varies in consistency. A single dose can be purchased on the street for as little as $10. Authorities believe that low prices, which previously led individuals to switch from prescription pills to heroin, are now doing the same with gray death.
The United States is in the middle of an opioid epidemic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have been tracking the high amounts of opioid-related deaths, which in 2015 alone, killed over 33,000 people in the United States.