New drug in Kent County combines elephant tranquilizer and heroin

KENT COUNTY, MICH. - There has been a  deadly new drug  discovered in Kent County. The Sheriff's Department says the drug is a mixture of heroin and elephant tranquilizer.

There has been at least one death and two other cases of the drug being found inside someone's home.

The drug that is being mixed with heroin is known as Carfentanil, and it is used primarily as an elephant tranquilizer.  But most recently, heroin dealers have been adding to regular heroin, to give users a bigger high.

Problem is, it's so powerful, it is killing people moments after they take it.

Another dangerous aspect of Carfentanil is that there isn't an antidote. In regular heroin, emergency responders can use the drug Narcan, which counteracts the effects of heroin in some cases.

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