Fentanyl laced cocaine is circulating the black market in Tennessee and surrounding areas
Cocaine that is currently circulating the illegal drug market in Tennessee and surrounding cities might potentially contain fentanyl, according to a report recently released by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. A potent synthetic opioid, fentanyl is 50 to 100 times more powerful than morphine, leading to an increased risk of overdose for users of drugs cut with the opioid. Fentanyl additionally augments the addictive quality of addictive substances, further increasing the chance for drug addiction and related overdoses.
Fentanyl has appeared as a substance used to cut drugs on the black market, despite its toxicity — an amount of fentanyl the size of a mere grain of salt can materialize as a lethal dose. 37% of those that died from lethal overdoses in New York City in 2016 were discovered to have both cocaine and fentanyl in their systems. Fentanyl has continued to grow increasingly prevalent, surfacing in more than 300 samples of illegal drugs in tests conducted by the Tennessee bureau. The bureau detected the opioid in only 12 samples in 2013.
The mobility of cocaine in the black market signifies that the laced drug could make its way to states and coasts both far and beyond Tennessee and its surrounding areas.