Lorain warns of 2 drug substances hitting county

Posted at 8:51 PM, Apr 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-15 20:51:08-04

The Lorain County Chief's Law Enforcement Association received information regarding a strand of narcotics that have been found in the area.

The community was made aware of the concerns with the use of fentanyl, but within the last two weeks suspected narcotlcs sent to the Lorain County Crime Lab for analysis resulted in the discovery of two new substances, officials said.

Officials reported these have been identified in cases from Amherst, Elyria, and the Lorain County Sheriffs Office.

The first substance is known as U47700 and the potency of this product was reported to be 7.5 times greater than morphine, officials said.

The second substance identified was 3-Methyl-Fentanyl, according to authorities. This product is an analog of fentanyl. The product had a 7000 times greater potency than morphine. It's a restricted product that is only supposed to be used in lab research. Today, the crime lab positively identified it in a mixture with heroin with two cases in Elyria.

Officials said the concern was that the potency of the two substances will lead to an increase in overdoses and deaths in Lorain County.