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This undated file photo provided by the Franklin County Sheriff's Office in Ohio shows Rayshon LaCarlos Alexander of Columbus, Ohio. Rayshon Alexander was arrested July 11, 2016, and has pleaded not guilty to 20 counts, including murder, following a death and nine other overdoses that investigators say were caused by drugs that buyers thought were heroin, but were actually the animal tranquilizer carfentanil, used to sedate elephants and other large animals. (Franklin County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)

Carfentanil: Elephant sedative emerges as new threat in opioid overdose battle

- Associated Press

A drug used to sedate elephants and other large animals, 100 times as potent as the fentanyl already escalating the country’s heroin troubles, is suspected in spates of overdoses in several states, where authorities say they’ve found it mixed with or passed off as heroin.

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