The University of Maryland, Baltimore Office of Public Safety has issued the following warning to the campus community.
Please be advised that carfentanil – a powerful derivative of fentanyl, a synthetic narcotic analgesic produced from morphine – may potentially be found in Baltimore in either pill form or mixed (“cut”) with heroin. Even small amounts are generally fatal.
Skin contact with the pill could prove fatal to anyone who does not have a high tolerance to opoids.
Avoid Skin Contact
NEVER pick up pills that you find on the street or in the community. If you must pick them up, use latex gloves and standard safety precautions, and notify the UMB police and/or the Baltimore Police Department (911) immediately.
The UMB police can be reached at 771 (on-campus) or 410-706-3333 (off-campus).
Watch out for Your Pets
Carfentanil is deadly to animals, as well. It is used as a tranquilizer for large animals such as elephants. Watch out for your pets when walking outside.
Symptoms of exposure to carfentanil include:
1. Respiratory and cardiac distress
2. Weak pulse
4. Nausea and vomiting
5. Pinpoint pupils
6. Unusual drowsiness
If you have been exposed, or think you might have been exposed, call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room immediately.