Officials warn of deadly new drug after overdose in Maine

The state is reporting its first death from Carfentinal. (WGME)

YORK COUNTY (WGME) – A powerful drug, used to tranquilize elephants, has killed someone in Maine.

The state is reporting its first death from Carfentinal.

Officials say the overdose happened in April.

They wouldn't specify a town, but said it was in York County.

This is the first death in Maine to be directly tied to an overdose of the deadly synthetic opioid.

It has been blamed for three deaths this year in the state of New Hampshire.

At this point, we don't know how the individual who was killed received access to the drug.

Carfentanil is reported to be 100 times more powerful than fentanyl, and 5,000 times stronger than heroin.

Assistant Attorney General Johnathan Nathans says it takes next to nothing to take your life.

"About seven grains of salt is a lethal dose of fentanyl, and carfentanil would be substantially less than seven grains of salt,” Nathans said.

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