The Hamilton County Heroin Coalition announced Friday that local heroin supplies are now being mixed with an elephant tranquilizer, making the drug exponentially more potent -- and more dangerous.
"Narcan may not save you from this one," said Dr. Lakshmi Sammarco, Hamilton County Coroner, during a press conference Friday.
The synthetic opioid carfentanil is 100 times stronger than fentanyl, the analgesic blamed for increasing overdose deaths, and it's 10,000 times stronger than the morphine on the streets.
The drug is new, and it’s being cut into heroin to intensify the high -- similar to the way fentanyl has crept into counties of Southwest Ohio and Northern Kentucky. In Hamilton County alone, fentanyl was a factor in the deaths of 344 people last year, according to the Hamilton County coroner's office.
Akron Police Lt. Rick Edwards says there have been 91 overdoses and eight deaths in the city from July 5 through early Thursday.