More than 60 heroin overdoses in 48 hours may have been caused by elephant tranquilizer
WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) - A new report claims the heroin that caused more than 60 overdoses across Cincinnati in less than two days was cut with elephant tranquilizer.
According to The Washington Post, the batch of heroin may have contained "a new opioid analog 100 times more potent than fentanyl and 10,000 stronger than morphine."
It's called carfentanil - or more commonly - it's known as elephant tranquilizer.
The newspaper reports the drug is strong enough to kill a 15,000-pound pachyderm - an elephant, rhinoceros, or hippopotamus. Authorities haven't confirmed exactly what the heroin was cut with; other options include fentanyl, or even rat poison.
In the course of one day in Cincinnati, emergency crews responded to 30 overdose calls Tuesday.
By Wednesday, more than 75 people called for help after taking the drug.
In Colerain Township, officers walked door-to-door offering help to people who've overdosed.
"Our number of overdoses has risen by a lot," said Colerain Twp. Officer Roger Mitchell. "We're not just police here just to arrest. We also, we want to help. Usually when we go on the scene the last thing we want to do is arrest them. We want to get them help."
Only one death has been reported as of this post.
The rest of the people have been saved by the drug Narcan, which reverses the effects of an overdose.
Tests are now underway to confirm the exact cause of the spike.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich will address the media about the epidemic Thursday afternoon.
The Regional Judicial Opiod Initiative began its summit on Wednesday in the midst of the drug crisis.