They can go after dealers of the opioid analgesic fentanyl and its cousin carfentanyl
, said to be 100 times more potent than fentanyl, 5,000 times stronger than heroin and 10,000 times stronger than morphine.
The synthetic opoid - which is up to 100 times more powerful than heroin, and its sister drug, carfentanyl
, which is frighteningly up to 10,000 times more potent - was found to have seeped into the area's heroin supply.
Fentanyl and carfentanyl
, which is so deadly it's been banned from the battlefield under the Chemical Weapons Convention, are already responsible for around 70 deaths in this country and many more in Canada and the United States, where it's reached epidemic proportions.
Of six variants they found one was carfentanyl
, a synthetic 10,000 times more powerful than morphine.
Following deaths in England, Swansea coroner Colin Phillips warned in May that drug users could overdose on fentanyl and carfentanyl
While safe prescribing practices that reduce PO diversion and NMPOU incidence should be promoted, the recent use of fentanyl and other dangerous adulterants, such as carfentanyl
, in street drugs heightens the need for a comprehensive public health response that addresses substance use more widely.
However, since December 2016 we have seen a number of drug-related deaths linked with fentanyl and carfentanyl
Police fear that dealers are deliberately contaminating Class A drugs with the substances Fentanyl and Carfentanyl
, with potentially deadly consequences.
There are even stronger agents like carfentanil, or carfentanyl
, a strong veterinary opioid, which is used to put elephants to sleep," Dr.
Police believe batches of the drug in the Barnsley area of South Yorkshire have been cut with the powerful synthetic opioids fentanyl and carfentanyl
to make them stronger.
is even stronger - and is normally used only on large animals such as elephants and bears.
Inquiries led the National Crime Agency and West Yorkshire Police to target a lab on Monday, over fears it was producing fentanyl and carfentanyl
- which is 100 times stronger than fentanyl.