New street drug 10,000 times as potent as morphine

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – A drug new to the streets has been showing up in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, and Ohio. Experts predict it will hit the streets in the Midstate soon, and cause death for users.

It’s called Carfentanil, and it’s a drug meant to be used as a sedative for large animals like elephants.  Instead, it’s showing up in heroin.  The drug is 10,000 times as potent as morphine.

It’s dangerous for emergency responders too since it can be absorbed through the skin.

Nathan Harig with Cumberland Goodwill EMS says they’ve already been training for it.

“A really, really small amount is enough to start having effects in a human.  This is powerful stuff, it’s not meant for humans, it’s an elephant tranquilizer,” he says.

Anyone worried they may have a drug problem can contact Cumberland-Perry Drug and Alcohol Services at 717-240-6300. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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