It’s a known fact that we live in a dangerous world.
Yet it seems like every day we are learning of new threats to our existence. The news is full of stories about new diseases. Or criminal activity. Or even foods that can cause you harm.
It’s enough to make even the most sensible person cower in fear. Lock your doors! Cover your windows! Never leave the house!
But perhaps the people in the most danger are first responders. The men and women who work night and day keeping us alive face the worst of it. They have to respond to shootings, putting themselves in the line of fire.
They have to respond to car accidents, where the danger is high. They even have to respond to those suffering from any number of illnesses, potentially contracting the disease themselves.
Now there is a new, terrible threat, causing death and misery. One that first responders are the first to face.
It’s called “Gray Death” and it lays waste everywhere it goes.
The Indiana Department of Homeland Security is warning about the new drug called “Gray Death” that doesn’t just kill the drug users with even the slightest contact – but the first responders who come to help as well.
It is a “particularly dangerous mixture of heroin, fentanyl, carfentanil and other synthetic opioids,” WDRB reports that it’s usually used as a tranquilizer for elephants and other large mammals. It is “10,000 times more potent than morphine and 100 times more potent than fentanyl.” It is a severe threat to first responders, because it can be absorbed through the skin or accidentally inhaled through the air.
It’s in Indiana, as a death was reported earlier this week from the deadly drug.
First responders, be they firemen, police, or paramedics, have to take special precautions to keep themselves safe. But image a drug so potent that even breathing the air can kill you.
It’s even more shocking to realize this is a man-made drug, being used by addicts to get high. The stuff was made to tranquilize elephants! Yet there are idiots who are using it on themselves. Because of their reckless, selfish lifestyles, good hard-working first responders are in danger.
Is it likely that the rest of us are in danger? Probably not. Unless you live with a junky who can get his hands on elephant tranqs.
First responders are being urged to use extreme caution for any case involving opioid use. They are to wear gloves and protective masks to ensure they don’t breathe in or touch the Gray Death.
All in all, it sounds like a horrible way to die.
Source: The Federalist Papers