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CHICOPEE, MA (WGGB/WSHM) – Police down south are sounding the alarm about a deadly form of heroin called ‘gray death’.

Though police here in western Mass say they haven’t seen it on our streets yet, they are warning the public now.

It’s called gray death, because police say it looks like chunks of gray concrete, but because of its ingredients, it’s so dangerous, you could overdose just by touching it.

Police in Louisiana say they’re seeing batches of ‘gray death heroin’, a deadly form of the drug, they say, looks like little chunks of concrete, but within the chunks, police say gray death can contain heroin, fentanyl, and carfentinl, a synthetic opioid with no approved legal use in humans.

“Carfentanil effectively it’s an elephant tranquilizer. It’s 100 times more powerful than fentanyl,” Chicopee Police Officer Michael Wilk stated.

Officer Wilk tell Western Mass News they haven’t seen any gray death locally yet and neither have Springfield, Holyoke, Ludlow, or Wilbraham Police, but law enforcement says anything containing the potent carfentinal is essentially like handling a stick of dynamite.

“It can seep through your skin. It’s something that you definitely don’t want to come in contact with, either breathing or touching,” says Wilk.

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