Two persons have been charged with drug-related charges in Perris, California, after police seized enough opioids to kill 50 million people in what police think is the greatest seizure of the drug carfentanil in Riverside County history.
The District Attorney’s office announced the seizure last week, stating that officers recovered 21 kilograms of what is suspected to be carfentanil, a significantly more deadly opiate than fentanyl. The district attorney’s office detailed the potency of each opioid:
Carfentanil is an analog of the manmade opioid fentanyl. It is highly regulated and not intended or approved for use on humans. And it is more potent and potentially much more deadly than fentanyl.
Fentanyl is 50 times more potent than heroin and 100 times more potent than morphine. It only takes about two milligrams of fentanyl to be a fatal amount.
Carfentanil is 100 times more powerful than fentanyl and 10,000 times more potent than morphine. A lethal dose of carfentanil in humans would be at the nanogram level – much smaller than the two milligrams of fentanyl that can kill.