You probably have heard about the Opioid Crisis which includes addiction and substance abuse disorder, plus high rates over overdose that are deadly. We’ve talked about these topics HERE and HERE. People think about heroin and pain pills as the only types of opioids out there, and you may think they only come off the street or from someone else’s (or your own) prescription. There have been new “Synthetic” forms of narcotics or opioids that are related to these substances, but are much stronger. One of these is U-47700 or sometimes called Pink (I am sure it is called other things too).
When new chemical structures are developed, or are developed not for human use, they might not be illegal. But we have also talked about other synthetic drugs like K2 or Spice (synthetic marijuana) HERE too.
I like to remind people that:
So, again, to make sure you’ve got the idea, don’t ever confuse something being legal (or at least not illegal) as meaning it is safe. (This is a big discussion around regular old WEED too - sorry guys...).
Back to the drug in question – what is the problem?
High doses of opiates like u-47700 or fentanyl, or heroin can kill you. I am not saying this to be dramatic. This is just a fact. These are overdoses. Mixing substances is even more dangerous since in combination they are even more likely to cause your breathing slow down and stop. When you stop breathing, you can pass out and if you don’t become conscious again, going too long without breathing causes brain death and death death. You need to know that in combination, these substances can stop breathing with lower doses. An overdose of this drug can cause you to fall asleep / pass out and stop breathing altogether. It is stronger than heroin so a little bit can be deadly. It can be mixed into other things like added to heroin or fentanyl or even cocaine and you may not even know it is there (and those other drugs are plenty dangerous on their own).
Questions? Just ask.