This killer drug concoction derives its name from its concrete-like appearance as well as the deadly consequences for its consumer with just one dose.
Gray Death has become notorious with law enforcement in recent months, after its spread in Georgia, Ohio and the Gulf Coast. According to Russ Baer from the federal Drug Enforcement Agency, its spread is being monitored in other areas as well as part of the ongoing battle against the country´s rising opioid epidemic.
Meanwhile, drug dealers continue to create other lethal combinations similar to Gray Death using other opioids that make their way into US from Mexico and China, and using American citizens as test subjects.
“It’s mad science and the guinea pigs are the American public,” noted Baer.
Gray Death is a powerful combination of heroin, the painkiller fentanyl, carfentanil (a substance used as a tranquilizer for large animals like elephants), and finally a synthetic opioid U-47700, more commonly known by its street name, “Pink”. This last ingredient alone has been responsible for around 50 deaths in last two years in 6 US states and when used in combination with other additives, makes for an even more fatal substance.
A variation of Gray Death, including all the same ingredients except for Pink, has allegedly been around for 5 years with instances being observed in Atlantis, Chicago, San Diego, Indiana and Kentucky, among others.
Gray Death can also be sold in powder form and has been responsible for thousands of overdoses across the country. The concoction have a street value in the range of $10-$20 and just one hit can be enough to prove fatal. Moreover, since the ingredients used may be absorbed through skin cells, even touching it may prove dangerous. Users typically take it in a variety of ways including smoking, snorting or injecting and is more potent than heroin.
Deneen Kilcrease, from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, called it “one of the scariest combinations that I have ever seen in nearly 20 years of forensic chemistry drug analysis,” The Bureau has discovered 50 cases of overdoses tied to the drug combo in past 3 months alone.