State issues fact sheet on opioid used as animal sedative

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut Department of Public Health has given local emergency medical services a Drug Enforcement Administration fact sheet with information on a potent opioid used to sedate elephants and other large animals.

The New Haven Register ( ) reports that the one-page fact sheet on the drug, carfentanil, was distributed to about 700 local emergency medical service providers this week through the state’s health alert system.

DEA spokesman Timothy Desmond says the agency isn’t aware of lab analysis that has identified carfentanil in Connecticut or New England. He says there’s limited evidence of carfentanil’s U.S. drug supply.

The synthetic opioid is 100 times more potent than fentanyl, which is 50 times more powerful than heroin.

Officials say there’ve been no overdose deaths attributed to carfentanil so far this year.


Information from: New Haven Register,
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