DEA seizures of the drug carfentanil have skyrocketed in recent months. Over 400 seizures have occurred in the US alone sine July of this year.
Due to thriving trade out of China, the chemical is suspected in many overdose cases across the US and Canada. How easily is the weapons-grade chemical purchased? You can find it online and have it mailed to your home within a week or two.
According to the Associated Press:
“Of the 12 companies that initially offered to export carfentanil around the world, just three have stopped since the report was released. Nine continue to offer carfentanil for sale, no questions asked, and the AP identified four additional companies willing to sell the drug, some of which claimed to have U.S. addresses.”
“Asked for comment, most denied they’d ever made the offers.”
“Jilin Tely Import and Export Co. initially boasted in an email that carfentanil was one of its “hot sales product.” After being named in AP’s story, the company’s website vanished and it denied ever producing carfentanil.”
What Exactly is Carfentanil?
The deadly compound was researched by Russians as a chemical weapon for years. It was used by Russia to incapacitate Chechen rebels in 2002. At 5000 times stronger than heroin and 100 times stronger than fentanyl, carfentanil can kill a full grown human in a dose as small as a poppy seed. The toxicity has been compared to that of a nerve agent.
According to the DEA, the vendors of the chemical are benefiting from a loophole in the global regulation of carfentanil. The drug is heavily regulated in the US where it is used to sedate large animals like elephants. However, that is not the case in China.
“It’s a loophole that needs to be closed because even small quantities can have a terrible lethal effect,” said Andrew Weber, who served as U.S. assistant secretary of defense for nuclear, chemical and biological defense. “Terrorists could acquire it commercially as we have seen drug dealers doing.”
The heroin epidemic in the US is commonly linked to our nations over-prescription of opioid based pain killers according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.