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What Is Gray Death? The Killer Drug Cocktail Is Latest Battle in War Against Opioids

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    What Is Gray Death? The Killer Drug Cocktail Is Latest Battle in War Against Opioids
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    A forensic chemist prepares a sample of the drug "gray death" to be weighed at the crime lab of the Georgia Bureau of Investigations in Decatur, Ga., on Thursday, May 4, 2017. The new and dangerous opioid combo underscores the ever-changing nature of the U.S. addictions epidemic. Investigators who nicknamed the mixture have detected it or recorded overdoses blamed on it in Alabama, Georgia and Ohio.

    Ominously named Gray Death, the killer drug cocktail is making headlines in the ongoing war against the national opioid crisis, NBC News reported.

    What exactly is Gray Death? Start with heroin. Mix in the powerful painkiller fentanyl, which has 50 times more punch. Add a dash of carfentanil, which is an animal tranquilizer 100 times more powerful than fentanyl and made to be used on tigers and elephants.

    While limited to the Gulf Coast and states like Georgia and Ohio, it is still on the federal Drug Enforcement Agency's radar. and "we are monitoring the potential spread of this deadly combination of drugs,"

    "It's mad science and the guinea pigs are the American public," Russ Baer of the federal Drug Enforcement Agency told NBC News. "The ingredients come from abroad but this is made in America."