Narcan Resistant Fentanyl
It has been confirmed by Georgia authorities that two new strains of fentanyl have surfaced in the area. These new strains are so potent they may be resistant to the lifesaving antidote naloxone, or Narcan. Acrylfentanyl has been linked to at least 44 overdose deaths this year in Cook County, Illinois.
Tetrahydrofureon is such a new substance that Georgia has yet to add it to the banned synthetic designer drug list. Local authorities issued an alert that individuals who overdose on the drug are likely to die. Narcan does not work to reverse the effects of Acrylfentanyl.
There have been multiple reports showing that the drug is resistant to naloxone. It is warned that simply touching any form of fentanyl or fentanyl residue could result in a life-threatening overdose. Even trace amounts of the drug can kill.
In June, Georgia was hit with a rash of overdoses believed to be linked to a street version of Percocet resulting in four fatalities and more than a dozen hospitalizations. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), prescription drugs and heroin killed more than 33,000 people in 2015.