A deadly drug used to sedate large animals such as elephants has been spotted on sale along the streets of Greater Cincinnati, Ohio.
This powerful opioid is known as Carfentanil and was reported to be available among local suppliers according to the Hamilton County Heroin Coalition.
By Deb Belt
Annapolis, MD — ‘Epidemic’ isn’t big enough to describe the scourge of heroin sweeping across Maryland -- and the rest of the country.
Heroin has a stranglehold on city-dwellers and suburbanites alike.
Despite warnings that one dose of the illicit opioid can be not only instantly addictive but sometimes fatal -- either in the short term or the long run -- heroin usage has increased in the state in recent years. Read More
By Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun
The Baltimore-Washington area will participate in a $2.5 million White House initiative announced Monday to combat a persistent rise in heroin deaths over recent years.
Michael Botticelli, the White House drug czar, said the new Heroin Response Strategy will increase collaboration between public health and law enforcement agencies to track and, it is hoped, interrupt the flow of the deadly drug.
The program is part of $13.4 million in funding for areas of the country that have been hit particularly hard by heroin. Last year, 578 people died of heroin overdoses in Maryland, more than double the number several years ago. Read More
By Elisha Sauers, Capital Gazette
Blue Magic, a name given to some heroin, started circulating in the area last summer.
Charles "Buck" Hedrick, who manages a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration intelligence program in Baltimore, said drug dealers didn't know what was in it, but knew it was powerful: Some of their customers were dying.
As a marketing strategy, dealers labeled the drugs with a blue marker so customers could recognize the extra-strength dope. And when it started getting a bad rap, sellers repackaged it with different names.
Blue Magic turned out to contain fentanyl, an opiate stronger than morphine typically administered to patients in extreme pain or recovering from surgery. Read More