As the opioid epidemic continues to rage in this country, the FDA and law enforcement agencies are continually uncovering new threats. Drug dealers and illegal drug production rackets are constantly coming out with new synthetic drugs to counter the anti-heroin measures and DEA regulations on established narcotics.
PINK Emerges as Newest Threat
The DEA announced this week that Pink (U-47700) will be classified under Schedule I of the controlled substances act, indicating that it has no medical use and carries a high risk of addiction (as well as carries the highest penalties for possession and distribution). Pink is a synthetic opiate that has caused dozens of overdoses and deaths across the nation, and is unfortunately, far too easily accessible for purchase online. 46 deaths have already been attributed to Pink, according to the DEA, and it is incredibly potent. Just having skin contact with the drug can send someone into cardiac arrest. It now joins the ranks of fentanyl and other synthetic opiates that can be mixed with heroin to increase its potency, creating a “rolling of the dice scenario, where users have no idea what exactly they are taking, and how much (or how little) might place them at risk for an overdose. This scheduling, per DEA protocol, is temporary- the drug will remain on the Schedule I list for two years, at which point the feds will make the determination of whether to make it permanent. However, this is just another example of how bad the drug problem in this country is, and the risk taken by drug users every day. The constant flow of new synthetic drugs into the illegal drug trade, paired with easy accessibility and low prices, has made it all too easy for addicts to continue with (and worsen) their addictive habits. It is critical that federal and law enforcement agencies continue to stay on top of these new compounds, track their occurrences, and try to eradicate the sources. Illegal drug labs have to become priority targets for law enforcement, so that treatment and drug education can have a fighting chance at slowing down this epidemic.
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