- March 31, 2017
- Posted by: Keith Graves
- Category: Drug Abuse Recognition, Opiates, Pharmaceutical Fraud, Pharmaceutical Investigations
Acryloylfentanyl has been appearing in in various jurisdictions in the United States. In a report from the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, in 2016, 42 deaths were associated with Acryloylfentanyl including 40 with confirmations and 29 in which Acryloylfentanyl was the cause of death or contributed to the death. U.S. Criminalists have been seeing a number of samples from police around the country of the drug Acryloylfentanyl.
As I noted in a prior blog post, Acryloylfentanyl is one of the drugs that the Chinese government is banning the manufacture of at the request of the DEA. However, it is still easily obtained via the internet and also via the dark web.
What is Acryloylfentanyl?
Acryloylfentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is structurally similar to fentanyl and can be easily obtained through Chinese labs. Doing a simple Google search, I found Acryloylfentanyl for sale from one Chinese source offering one pound of of the drug for $10,000 (U.S.).
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Acryloylfentanyl is slightly more potent than Fentanyl, so one pound of Acryloylfentanyl will go a long way after being cut. To put this into perspective, dosages of heroin is measured in milligrams (mg). However, dosages of Acryloylfentanyl are measured in micrograms (ug).
Acryloylfentanyl has been seized in liquid or in tablet form. It has also been detected in powder form, and in one case, a capsule. The powder will typically be white to off-white in color. Acryloylfentanyl is not scheduled as of this writing.
Under the Influence
Most users will use this drug by injecting it into their veins. However, other users have put it into a liquid solution to inhale. As one Reddit user noted:
I’ve taken it rectally (wasteful), nasally (pretty good), and transdermally (DMSO is the key). Transdermally is the best route I’ve found yet, but I’m still experimenting. I feel it less in the head and more in the body. It’s the closest I’ve gotten to real fentanyl, and some butyr fent spray might aid it tremendously.
As noted by the user, Acryloylfentanyl is transdermal and poses a threat to police officers recovering it as evidence. I have written extensively on this in other blog posts. Users that are under the influence will have typical Narcotic Analgesic/Opiate signs of influence. These signs of influence include constricted pupils, slow breathing, slow pulse (below 60 beats per minute) and may be ‘on the nod’. There is very little information on dosage units, so overdoses may be frequent as garage chemists try to find the perfect mix of cutter and Acryloylfentanyl. However, it does appear that the following dosages are being used:
In all routes of administration, the drug takes effect in minutes and lasts for hours.
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