Dangerous new street 'Gray Death' drug expected to head to South Florida
MARTIN COUNTY, Fla. (CBS12) —
A deadly new drug is on its way to our streets. It’s called Gray Death. It’s so dangerous it can kill users who just touch it.
Investigators blame the drug for killing people across the country. Now, the DEA says the lethal new drug is on its way to Florida.
Martin County Sheriff William Snyder is preparing to battle the new drug. It looks like cement and consists of heroin, fentanyl and other opioids.
“They don’t call it gray death for any other reason other than the fact that it can definitely cause death,” Sheriff Snyder said.
Investigators say Gray Death has already killed people in Georgia, Alabama and Ohio.
“My prayer is that we never see it here, my expectation is the likelihood is we will see it here in Martin County,” Sheriff Snyder said.
Mother of six Pamela Boceck hopes the new drug, which can be injected, smoked, snorted or swallowed, doesn’t come to South Florida.
“I think it’s ridiculous, why would anyone actually put themselves in the situation that they would take that,” Boceck said.
Sherriff Snyder isn’t taking chances. He’s ordered special gear for his deputies when they encounter Gray Death and other strong opioids that can be deadly to the touch.
“They will be able to cover all their body, hands, and feet and it will protect them so when they come out of that scene they can take it off, decontaminate and be safe,” Sheriff Snyder said.
New protocols have also been implemented. Now, deputies aren’t allowed to test drugs in the field by themselves.
“In the event that one of the deputies accidentally overdoses, the other deputy can use Narcan on him or her and keep them alive,” said Martin County Sheriff’s Captain, John Budensiek. “They are foreseeing what might happen and they are getting ready to protect themselves and the people around here and I think that’s good."