Five more people have died in Hennepin County from carfentanil-related overdoses, according to a May 19 report from the Hennepin County medical examiner.
Eden Prairie resident Adam Patrick Hall, 32, was one of the five people who died. Hall died April 17, early in the morning at his residence on the 6000 block of Kingfisher Lane, according to the release. The report notes the cause of death as mixed drug toxicity (carfentanil, fentanyl, methamphetamine).
“We remain vigilant and continue to order the carfentanil and designer opioid testing on a case-by-case basis after considering the autopsy findings, investigation and laboratory results,” Dr. Andrew Baker, Hennepin County medical examiner, said.
Officials have expressed concern over the increasing prevalence of Carfentanil, a powerful new opioid to the state. This spate of five deaths brings the total of deaths related to the drug countywide to 10.
Some 10,000 times more potent than morphine and 100 times more potent than fentanyl, the drug is intended to be used as a tranquilizer for elephants and other large animals. Carfentanil requires specialized laboratory tests to detect, slipping past routine drug and alcohol screens, and can even be harmful to first responders if they are exposed to it.
The other victims noted in the medical examiner’s report were a 26-year-old Minneapolis woman, a 39-year-old Minneapolis man, a 23-year-old Maple Grove man and a 43-year-old Plymouth man.