Coroner: Carfentanil Leads to 2 Deaths in Sangamon County
SANGAMON CO., Ill. (WICS) —
Sangamon County Coroner Cinda Edwards has confirmed carfentanil in two toxicology reports from overdose cases in the county. Those reports indicate the drug led to the death of those two people.
According to information from the Forensic division of NMS Labs, “Carfentanil is an opioid analgesic used to immobilize large animals. It is not approved for human use. It is estimated to be approximately 10,000 times more potent than morphine and 100 times more potent than fentanyl. In mid-2016 carfentanil appeared in the illicit drug market, usually mixed with heroin, fentanyl or another opioid compound. Its effects include analgesia and central nervous system depression.”
Edwards claims there have been reports of numerous fatalities across the country from this drug.
According to Edwards, Narcan will most likely be ineffective if someone who is overdosing has Carfentanil in their system.
The Sangamon County Coroner’s office reports they have had around 18 deaths this year due to opiate overdoses.
Edwards released a press release about the findings on Thursday that says, in part:
“We are constantly aware and concerned with both illicit and prescription opiate use. Public awareness and education are a key component in combating this epidemic in our opinion. We see many families torn apart by this addiction and the use of carfentanil is yet another twist in the treacherous path of opiate addiction.”