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Updated 05/05/2017  10:25am

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'Gray Death' drug reported in Ohio
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP/WSAZ/WLWT) May 5, 2017-- Authorities are issuing warnings about a new and dangerous opioid combo they're calling "Gray Death."   

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  • Recorded overdoses blamed on "Gray Death" in Alabama, Georgia and Ohio.

  • "Gray Death" drug looks like concrete mix and varies in consistency from a hard, chunky material to a fine powder.
  • Substance a combination of several opioids, including heroin, fentanyl, carfentanil -- sometimes used to tranquilize large animals like elephants -- and a synthetic opioid called U-47700.

  • Reported in Cincinnati, according to NBC affiliate WLWT.
  • Scioto County, OH health officials say the drug has not been reported locally yet, but drug dealers are known to come to our area from Cincinnati.
  •  Officials in Portsmouth tells WSAZ they are still dealing with a spike in carfentanil-laced heroin.
  • Portsmouth EMS responded Wednesday to at least 13 overdoses.
  • Normal doses of Narcan are not working.
  • Public urged to report any local "gray death." Not only is it dangerous to ingest, but to touch.
  • Caution:  an overdose from “Gray Death” would likely require several doses of Narcan, urging people to not use the drug, and if they do, to not use it alone.
  •  Georgia Bureau of Investigation's crime lab calls gray death one of scariest combinations seen in 20 years of doing forensic chemistry drug analysis.

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