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Ohio Police Seize Fentanyl Enough To Kill Nearly 400,000 People

Ohio Police Seize Fentanyl Enough To Kill Nearly 400,000 People

Columbus Police seized enough fentanyl to kill nearly 400,000 people. Columbus Police seized 763 grams of fentanyl after attaining a search warrant for a home where Kelvin Brown was arrested and charged with possession of fentanyl and heroin.

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is 80-100 time stronger than morphine. Many times fentanyl is added to heroin to increase its potency or be disguised as a highly potent heroin. Fentanyl was first developed in 1959 and introduced in the 1960s as an intravenous anesthetic. It is legally manufactured and distributed in the United States. Licit fentanyl pharmaceutical products are diverted via theft, fraudulent prescriptions, and illicit distribution by patients, physicians, and pharmacists.

From 2005 through 2007, both fatal overdoses associated with abuse of clandestinely produced fentanyl and law enforcement encounters increased markedly. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were 1,013 fatal overdoses recorded from April 2005 to March 2007. More recently, there has been a re-emergence of trafficking, distribution, and abuse of illicitly produced fentanyl with an associated dramatic increase in overdose fatalities. Two milligrams of fentanyl is considered a fatal dose for a human.

This is a breakdown of what the Columbus Police seized and the street value of the following:

  • 763 grams of fentanyl = $76,200

  • 694 grams of heroin = $69,400

  • 43 grams of cocaine = $4,300

  • 16 grams of marijuana = $160

  • 3 semi-automatic guns

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