CONCORD, NH–the New Hampshire medical examiner and the state forensic lab have confirmed that for the first time, Carfentanil has been identified as being present in New Hampshire.
This extremely dangerous drug is visually identical to fentanyl; however, it is 100 times more powerful and 10,000 times more potent than morphine and is now here in the state, said Gov. Chris Sununu during a press conference on Tuesday.
It presents a serious risk to public safety, first responders, medical treatment and laboratory personnel. These substances can come in several forms, including powder, blotter paper, tablets, patch, and spray. Some forms can be absorbed through the skin or accidentally inhaled, and it can be deadly just by touching it.
The medical examiner confirmed that it can be linked to three known deaths in New Hampshire. Carfentanil, a synthetic opioid, is used as a tranquilizing agent for elephants and other large mammals. Naloxone is an antidote for opioid overdose. Immediately administering naloxone can reverse an overdose of carfentanil, fentanyl, or other opioids, although multiple doses of naloxone may be required; that is especially true in the case of cafentanil, said officials.
“We are continuing to assess the situation, but there is clearly enough evidence to make the public aware and felt it was imperative to urge caution for those that may come in contact with this substance,” said Sununu.
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