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A sample of “gray death” recovered by the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Dept.


FRANKLIN — St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office’s is warning the public about a new type of heroin so deadly it’s being called “gray death.”
Officials say that the drug, which has now been found in Louisiana, is so powerful that just touching it can kill you.
According to David Spencer, spokesperson for the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office, “The public recognizes a lot of the drugs that we deal with. This is a new one.”
It has the appearance of small chunks of concrete.
The St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office describes “gray death” as a lethal combination of some of the most deadly opioids, including heroin, fentanyl and various fentanyl analogues. It is reported to have a potency 10,000 times greater than morphine.
“You don’t want to touch this. If it all possible, you don’t even want to put it on your hands,” Spencer said.
“You would really hate to see somebody innocent touch this not knowing what it is or a child touch that now knowing what it is,” Spencer added. “We just definitely just want to educate the public so they know, hey, this is a new thing.”
Police warn not to touch or handle the drug if encountered, but to call the authorities immediately.
According to law enforcement, the super drug began to surface in Alabama and Georgia.
The first sample of “gray death” in Louisiana was recently recovered from persons from the Lake Charles area who were traveling through St. Mary Parish.


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