Gray Death an extremely dangerous drug

WWLTV - More than 50,000 people died in 2015 from drug overdoses. It's fueled by a powerful heroin mixture that's been on the streets. Now a new one is showing up on the Gulf Coast and in Louisiana, and that has drug law enforcement officials extremely concerned.

"We are in an epidemic in this country. Ninety-one people a day are OD'ing and dying as a result of heroin and opioids. That's alarming. That's scary," said Stephen Azzam, the Special Agent in Charge of the DEA, New Orleans Field Division.

He says the drug epidemic and death rate is being fueled by heroin that is mixed with fentanyl, a synthetic opioid that is 50 times stronger than heroin. It's so powerful, that officers, both human and canine who just accidentally touch, or inhale fentanyl on a raid, are being rushed to hospitals. If the more than 50,000 people who are dying each year in this epidemic is not scary enough, now comes a new opioid cocktail called Gray Death.