In quick succession, spikes ravaged communities in Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky and New Hampshire, prompting the agency to issue a warning in September about the “crazy dangerous” drug.
All of the zookeepers and vets in the United States combined need only about 18 grams of carfentanil a year, about the weight of 18 artificial sweetener packets, Patterson said.
Carfentanil and fentanyl, the substance found in music legend Prince’s body when he died last year, has been manufactured mostly in China, Patterson said.
Carfentanil is next to impossible to detect in toxicology tests, making it hard for authorities to identify quickly changing formulas and warn the public, said Rosie Hobron, Virginia’s forensic epidemiologist for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.
In Lutz’s case, the drugs in her bathroom tested positive for the animal tranquilizer, something her family didn’t learn until eight months later.