Governments researched fentanyls as weapons for decades
SHANGHAI (AP) — Before appearing in global narcotics supply chains , fentanyl and substances like it were viewed as potential chemical weapons. Scientists struggled to figure out how to package the chemicals so that they would incapacitate but not kill targets. Some highlights of those efforts:
Lethal chemical now used as a drug haunts theater hostages
SHANGHAI (AP) — Early one morning in October 2002, a dense white cloud silently filled Moscow's Dubrovka Theater.
Why would anyone use a chemical weapon to make drugs? Money
SHANGHAI (AP) — This summer, carfentanil — one of the most potent opioids on the planet — hit the streets of North America. Many users who thought they were taking heroin actually injected or snorted a substance that has until recently been viewed as a chemical weapon . First responders pumped hundreds of dying, bluish people full of the antidote naloxone to try to make them breathe again.
Chemical weapon for sale: China’s unregulated narcotic
SHANGHAI (AP) — For a few thousand dollars, Chinese companies offer to export a powerful chemical that has been killing unsuspecting drug users and is so lethal that it presents a potential terrorism threat, an Associated Press investigation has found.