Recently, a local mother learned her son had died from a drug overdose suspected to be heroin. When toxicology reports were analyzed, the labs found no heroin in his system–instead, it was an alarming mix of other substances that may be becoming more popular around North Carolina.
The substances now being used by teens and young adults are often an unknown mix of dangerous drugs and medications, and the results are devastating.
New drugs used in opioid abuse
Some of the substances police are seeing being abused may be ones you have never heard of. The people creating and selling drugs are often replacing a specific part of these mixes with opioids, which can be strong enough to kill in small doses. Some types that are appearing in North Carolina include:
- Types of fentanyl, a prescribed synthetic substance used to treat severe pain
- Carfentanil, a large animal tranquilizer
- Heroin mixes made with fentanyl doses to increase highs
- Methadone, a prescribed opioid painkiller
- U-47700, opioid analgesic drug
Outcomes of new opioid crisis
Many of these dangerous substance mixes have resulted in the deaths of teens and young adults throughout North Carolina. Possession or distribution of these substances is a serious criminal offense-and the people involved could be found responsible for any deaths that occur.
If you or a loved one are charged with drug crimes, or if you suspect you are part of a criminal drug investigation, have an experienced attorney complete an all-inclusive review of your case.