Gray Death: A Deadly New Street Opioid Mix

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Gray Death: A Deadly New Street Opioid Mix

John Schaffer, LPCC

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John Schaffer, LPCC

March 7, 2019

Perhaps the biggest danger associated with Gray Death is that people who buy it in the street don’t realize what they’re getting. That fact is sadly true of nearly any drug bought in the streets.

What is Gray Death? Unfortunately, we don’t always know. Reports have shown the deadly combination opioid drug to have a mix of opioids and opioid synthetics. However, how much of each opioid and which ones are used in Gray Death isn’t always known.

The following opioids and opioid synthetic have been found in Gray Death, according to ABC News:

About Gray Death

The drug appears in a solid, rock-like form that’s been compared to a hunk of concrete. The total impact of so many potent drugs combined is enough to kill a person with one dose, NBC News explains.

Why is Gray Death so potent? Heroin is a highly addictive drug with moderate to severe side effects, but fentanyl is 50 times as potent, and carfentanil is 100 times more potent. The three of them together, plus a synthetic opioid, is a deadly combination. Gray Death is even dangerous to touch, as some of the drugs can be absorbed through the skin on contact.

Each of these drugs are involved in the death of hundreds to thousands, particularly in the last few years. When combined, the person affected is at risk of a quick and brutal overdose. Gray Death has been the cause of 50 overdoses in the past three months in Georgia alone, according to ABC News.

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Opioid Abuse

Not everyone who abuses opioids plans to abuse them. The drugs are highly addictive, and you can form addiction after only a short time of using them. Opioid prescription drugs like fentanyl and morphine are prescribed to relieve severe pain, and people using these medications may not realize the risks associated with them.

Further, once you develop tolerance to a drug, it may be difficult to stop using it. Tolerance means you can’t feel the effects of a drug any longer, so you begin taking more of it. Even as you take more of an opioid, your body can only metabolize so much of the substance at a time.

Excess buildup of a drug in the body is what can lead to overdose. This can happen all at once, with deadly combination drugs like Gray Death, or over time with repeated abuse.

One of the biggest problems with abusing illicit drugs is that you have no idea what street drugs contain. You may buy something that looks like heroin, but contains a number of deadly drugs. When it comes to opioid abuse, it’s best to seek help in treatment before you or your loved one encounters one of these combinations.

Signs Of Opioid Overdose

Abuse from opioids is considered a medical emergency, and should always be treated as one. The effects of opioids cause mental confusion, nausea, and constipation. Opioids also slow breathing, and when overdosing, this effect can be disastrous.

The U.S. National Library of Medicine lists the following signs of opioid overdose:

  • Pale face that feels cold/clammy
  • Body goes limp
  • Fingernails are blue or purple in color
  • Vomiting
  • Making gurgling noises (due to blocked airway)
  • Not able to rouse/wake the person
  • Breathing or heart beat slows or stops

What Can Be Done For Opioid Abuse?

For someone who’s grown used to the effects of opioid abuse, quitting can be difficult. This is mainly due to withdrawal, or the symptoms you experience when not using the drug due to addiction. That’s why the first step to overcoming opioid abuse and addiction is detoxification.

Detoxification allows you to flush out toxins from substance abuse. But withdrawal symptoms can make this process uncomfortable. To help with this, medication can ease some of the discomfort. Detox should always be medically supervised, may integrate medication, and will be followed by a number of treatment methods.

Treatments may include a combination of several methods, and work to treat physical symptoms as well as behaviors that changed with addiction. Rehab centers, like the ones you’ll find at, help you create a treatment plan that meets your specific, individual needs.

What Are The Available Treatments?

Each rehab center offers specific methods. Some of the evidence-based approaches offered through our facilities include:

  • Treatment specific for men
  • Treatment specific for women
  • Behavioral therapy, like Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Nutrition and exercise guidance
  • Adventure and wilderness therapy
  • Counseling: family, group, individual
  • Intervention services
  • Aftercare support

How To Get Help Today

When you take opioids for the first time, you may not be thinking about overdose. But when use turns to abuse, your thinking becomes aligned only with the drug. With deadly street opioid combinations like Gray Death, overdose is the dangerous, yet possible end result.

We want to help you find a treatment program that will change your life for the better. Contact us today at to learn more about opioid abuse and addiction, and the best rehab centers for treatment.

NBC News - What Is Gray Death?

U.S. National Library Of Medicin - Opioid Abuse And Addiction

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So, the days of getting an older an member of you neighborhood in providing you with alcohol is slowly fading into the sunset. However, the explosion of the opioid epidemic has taken shape in all corners of the country. In fact, it is not a inner city problem, but has become a rural America and beyond problem.
Now, we have a new product of chance in the market place gaining note arty called Gray Death. This potent narcotic can take you down quicker than its rivals alone. This has become not only a war on drugs, but a all out war in addiction to. We as a society are losing many individual vicious and deadly cycle of addiction.
Moreover, treatment professionals are not prepared for the onslaught of overdoes this drug is leaving it it’s wake. This goes further than simply psychotherapy and 12 step community we need to find a remedy for this medication treatment for short term coupled with the psychotherapy and 12 step community my combat this. Nonetheless, its not going to eradicate the war both addiction or drugs, but it will alleviate some the pressures within societal costs.

My daughter overdosed on Gray Death last week.She hasn’t been the same since and I’m thinking is it a possibility that the drug(s) are still in her system. It will be a week Friday. Chills sweats nausea. Acheyfeelings are common withdrawal symptoms also but she can’t stay awake. Knoding as if she had done it but not a week ago.
I need a facility that is covered by her ins to detox the rehab long term. I want a program that will help her find herself and rebuild her life. Please help me!

Thank you for reaching out. You are doing the best possible thing for your daughter. One of our treatment specialists will be contacting you as soon as possible. In the mean time please feel free to look over some of the resources we have available at they may be helpful moving forward. Thank you, you will be hearing from us very soon.

I would just like to say thank you for your advice, knowledge, n just overall outlook from the other side but my question is how do u do it being homeless n having nothing????can she, my friend that is whom is homeless, friendless, family less, n just alone scared and afraid of change ……can she do it?????

Absolutely, she can do it. There are various options available for her. Please contact one of our treatment specialists today at (877) 630-0562. They are extremely kind and compassionate people who will be able to answer any further questions that you or your friend may have, as well as helping your friend in any way possible. Thank you for reaching out!

This is so ridiculously sad!! I watched a Netflix show called Dope that shows dealers and cops trying to battle this terrible drug. The sad part is the drug dealer knows it’s so potent he wore gloves and a mask to make sure it didn’t hurt him, but he also said the sad part of heroin addicts the more people that die on his product, the busier he gets. Heroin, opioid is the hardest thing to stop or even get it in your mind that you need to quit!! Your impulse control, common sense and smarts have NOTHING to do with it. You can not control yourself. It does change your brain and the receptors. I battled it for 14 years and only with Suboxone was I ever able to stay clean over a year now. I know parents are at their wits end but don’t give up on your kids or they will die!! Try to get them in a program where they don’t necessarily have to detox for days. You are so sick you usually say F it and use to quit feeling so miserable. But the meds are helping and do not make you detox like that. I know it’s a war just take it one battle at a time and DO NOT give up!!!

Hey, very nice site. I came across this on Google, and I am stoked that I did. I will definitely be coming back here more often. Wish I could add to the conversation and bring a bit more to the table,but am just taking in as much info as I can at the moment. Thanks for sharing.

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