Officials warn of deadly opioid being mixed with heroin

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The state is warning residents of an opioid that’s 10-thousand times stronger than morphine, being mixed with heroin.

Carfentanil is typically used in tranquilizers for large animals — including elephants.

And officials with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services says they believe it’s now being mixed with heroin in the state.

Angela Minicuci is a spokesperson for the department.

She said the Michigan State Police found the drug in a heroin pill in Kent County.

“What we speculate is carfentanil in the state, that is used potentially to be mixed with heroin. And when it is used, it doesn’t really create a high it actually leads to immediate overdose when someone comes in contact with it.”

Minicuci said the health department is working with the state police to eradicate the drug. Similar reports have surfaced in several other states over the last few weeks.

“We hope we never see an actual outbreak or multiple overdoses associated with this, and the more awareness that Michigan residents have regarding carfentanil will hopefully reduce that.”

Any reports of the drug or illegal drug use should be reported to police.