In April, pop legend, Prince, overdosed on a powerful drug called Fentanyl. The drug is 50 times more powerful than Heroin and 100 times more powerful than Morphine. A small speck of this drug can seriously injure or even kill a person, and it’s being sold on the streets of Mobile.
Doug Desalvo, with the DEA, described Fentanyl as “death.”
“Fentanyl is death- we’ve discovered that Fentanyl is in this Mobile area,” Desalvo said.
Fentanyl is not a new drug. In fact, Baldwin County Sheriff Hoss Mack said he had his first encounter with it 16-years ago. A young nurse had come home to Baldwin County to visit her mother, who was dying of cancer and stole some of her mother’s painkillers.
“Her mother was on Fentanyl transdermal patches and so she knew a little about it. She went in and she scraped the medicine off the transdermal patch, she mixed it, she warmed it up, and she injected it intravenously. Within minutes she was dead, at 28 years of age,” Mack said.
The problem with Fentanyl now is that it’s being trafficked on the black market. The DEA says it’s flowing in alarming amounts from China to Mexico and into the United States where it’s being sold as Heroin, Xanax, and less potent opiates. So, users aren’t aware of what they’re taking and end up overdosing.
Desalvo said, “Individuals that are overdosing, as we’re seeing across the country, many of them are overdosing because they believe they’re putting heroin in their system. They’re not. They’re putting Fentanyl in and I can tell you recently in our area that’s what we’ve uncovered.”
This drug is so powerful that law enforcement has to wear the highest level hazmat suits just to confiscate it.
Officials warn to always be aware and alert of what you’re putting in your body.