Sheriff Warns of New Synthetic Drug

New opiate drugs are heightening concern among law enforcement and communities in the United States, most recently with teen fatalities linked to the drug Pink. Uintah County Sheriff Vance Norton and members of his team attended training this week focused on dealing with new opiate drugs and one drug in particular that is killing people throughout the United States. “[This drug] that is coming in from Mexico and China is called Carphetanal or W-18,” shares Sheriff Norton. “It is a synthetic opioid that is 10,000 times stronger than morphine.” The drug Pink, that was the focus in the Park City incidents, is considered bad but it is only 8 times stronger than morphine so “it shows how potent the stuff is,” explains Sheriff Norton. The Sheriff’s Office will use the training they received this week to offer information for the community about the dangers of W-18 and other opiate drugs. They plan to formulate a presentation that can be given to church or adult groups throughout the area that would like to learn more.

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Kristin never planned to work in news radio but has thoroughly enjoyed being part of the news team at KVEL. Her love of literature and writing developed in high school which led her to study English Literature and Technical Writing at BYU. She received her BA in English from BYU in 2005 and studied at UVU in Orem for 2 semesters to become a Certified Technical Writer in 2006. Two months after completion she began her dream job of being a stay-at-home mom.  As mother of 2 energetic kids, she began writing from home for the KVEL news team in 2011 and considers it the perfect fit as a full time mom and part time writer.