Question: My daughter was charged with DUI in Cobb County. She was charged with DUI drugs. She was taken to the hospital because the drugs were so potent. She admitted to the Cobb police officer that she had taken elephant tranquilizer before she tried to drive.
She was at a concert in Atlanta with some old friends from high school. She drinks a little bit but she said that night was never actually took a drink. She told me that she had used some elephant tranquilizer that her friend offered her. Her friend apparently uses it a lot and is a pretty regular drug user.
My daughter said it was mixed with some heroin, but just a little heroin. Now she's got a DUI and she's worried that it will impact her life.
She said that the elephant tranquilizer really knocked her out and that's she's lucky no one was hurt because she hit a tree and that's when the cops came. She barely remembers what happened that night and is scared of what the elephant drug can do to a person.
What should you do if you get a DUI because of elephant tranquilizer?
N.V. in Marietta, GA
Answer: Elephant tranquilizer is actually a drug called “carfentanil” and it is 10,000 times more potent than morphine and has been linked to many overdoses nationally.
It is a new drug and it's being cut into heroin to intensify the high. Carfentanil can slow breathing significantly. It's not approved for human use but is used commercially to sedate large animals, such as elephants, rhinos, and water buffaloes.
Many people may not even know that they are taking the elephant tranquilizer because dealers are cutting the heroin with carfentanil to give a boost to their supply and make it last longer.
The drug is being produced in large quantities in Mexico and China and is being smuggled into the United States and Georgia by drug gangs.
Of course, driving on carfentanil is illegal because it will make you a less safe driver. Because of that, you can be charged with DUI-drugs.
Please have your daughter call us so we can discuss her best options for a DUI defense.
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