It gets its name from the color and the potency. Police have made arrests in connection with peddling the deadly drug in Louisiana.
Officials have issued a warning to the public about a new drug so powerful, that you could be harmed by just touching it. The drug has been found in Louisiana and is called gray death. The drug is a combination of heroin, fentanyl, and a few opioids. It is known to take the shape of rocks and looks like concrete. It gets its name from its color and potency. Police have made arrests in connection with peddling the deadly drug in Louisiana, according to KLFY. Now, the cops are aiming at raising awareness about this drug.
"The public recognizes a lot of the drugs that we deal with. This is a new one,” said David Spencer, spokesperson for the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office. “Be aware of the color. It looks like chunks of concrete,” said Spencer. “You don’t want to touch this. If it all possible, you don’t even want to put it on your hands,” added Spencer. News of this deadly drug first started making rounds in 2017 and was prevalent in Alabama and Georgia.
It was soon peddled to other parts of the country and officials busted a drug haul in Louisiana. It also made its way to Ohio and Pennsylvania. St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office posted about the drug on Facebook: In our work to keep drugs off our streets in St. Mary Parish, we made a couple of arrests in the last few days with something we don’t see very often around here. It’s a new type of heroin called “gray death." A minuscule amount of this drug, which has the appearance of small chunks of concrete, can kill.
In my home state of Georgia, the GBI received 50 overdose cases involving “gray death” between Feb. 2017 and May 2017.— Rep. Doug Collins (@RepDougCollins) January 28, 2020
We cannot allow the ban on fentanyl analogues to expire. Lives are at stake. https://t.co/1MCLxQgjBs
Cops have said that the new drug is very strong and is considered 10,000 times stronger than morphine. The deputies at St. Mary Parish said that they had confiscated the drug combination from suspects traveling across the parish from the Lake Charles area. Cops have requested the public to tip off law enforcement agencies if they had any information on those peddling or using gray death. They have also warned the public to be aware of the drug's potency considering that just a touch could kill you.
Ohio police officer overdoses after being exposed to 'gray death' during drug bust. https://t.co/TY8vD7T3K3— News 4 Buffalo (@news4buffalo) February 5, 2020
“You would really hate to see somebody innocent touch this not knowing what it is or a child touch that now knowing what it is,” said Spencer. “We just definitely just want to educate the public so they know, hey, this is a new thing.” Illicit fentanyl and other synthetic opioids are now the most lethal category of opioids used in this country. Representative Doug Collins said: In my home state of Georgia, between February 2017 and May 2017, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation had received 50 overdose cases involving “gray death.” “Gray death” is a drug cocktail described as a mixture of illicit opioids with the appearance of concrete.