A synthetic opioid called W-18 that law enforcement officials say may be circulating in Philadelphia.and will no doubt be here in Jersey over the next few months.
It's so powerful that it can cause death in microscopic doses, according to a recent Drug Enforcement Administration bulletin warning that the substance is said to increase the strength of heroin and cocaine.
W-18 is one of several so-called novel opioids, typically manufactured in China, that dealers purchase online. They're so novel that they are not yet restricted by the DEA and remain legal to possess in the United States.
Bottom line… These drugs are mixed with heroin sometimes without the users knowledge. The risk of overdose increases tremendously. Be informed, stay safe, stay aware.