The opioid epidemic has been a major problem in the United States for the past few decades.
What started as a large increase in doctors prescribing painkillers has turned into a mess of patients becoming addicted to opioids and using them illegally.1 Many people were not aware that prescription opioids could be so addictive and not enough of them got formal prescription drug detox to stop. As a result, some of these people started to turn to stronger and more potent drugs. In more recent years, synthetic opioids have been leading the charge, including a drug called pink.
What Is the Pink Drug?
U-47700 is a pink powder drug that is a highly potent and addictive synthetic opioid. Because of its distinctive color, it is more commonly called pink. It typically comes in the form of a powder that is snorted or injected, but it can also come in tablet form. Like fentanyl, which is rising in popularity, U-47700 is far more potent than morphine, making it far more deadly as well.2
The Dangers of Pink Drug
The effects of pink drug can be deadly. In 2016, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency classified U-47700 as a Schedule I drug because of its high propensity for abuse and lack of approved medical use.2 The FDA has also never approved this drug for human consumption.3 Even with these restrictions, people have been able to get a hold of this drug, but the consequences can be fatal.
The pink drug effects are similar to that of heroin and other opioids, but because of its high potency, the effects are much stronger. For this reason, people only need to take a small dose to feel the same effects as they would with weaker opioids. Because of its high potency and the fact that not everyone may be aware of how strong this opioid is, pink can lead to overdose. Signs of a U-47700 overdose can include repressed breathing and loss of consciousness.
Another big danger of pink is that people might be taking this drug without realizing it. In some cases, U-47700 has been found in tablet form meant to mimic prescription opioids. In other cases, the powder is distributed like heroin. Thinking they are taking these other drugs, people will administer pink unknowingly and overdose because of its stronger potency. From 2015 to 2016, pink was linked to at least 46 confirmed deaths.3 With the opioid epidemic not looking like it is slowing down any time soon and the use of synthetic opioids rising, there are likely to be many more.
Whether you have been abusing opioids yourself or know someone who is, get help now before the problem escalates and becomes fatal. At Banyan Stuart, we offer a synthetic drug detox program to help individuals who have become addicted to these stronger drugs. Trying to detox on your own is not only difficult but can also be dangerous to your health. Take precautions and go through this process safely.
Whether you struggle with a substance abuse problem yourself or are worried about someone who does, you do not have to go through this alone. Our Boca Raton rehab center could help you or your loved one safely overcome this addiction. With our help, people are able to pick up the pieces that their substance abuse left behind and start building a foundation for a sober future.
To learn more about what we have to offer at Banyan Boca, reach out to us now at 888-280-4763.
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Alyssa is Banyan’s Director of Digital Marketing & Technology. After overcoming her own struggles with addiction, she began working in the treatment field in 2012. She graduated from Palm Beach State College in 2016 with additional education in Salesforce University programs. A part of the Banyan team since 2016, Alyssa brings over 5 years of experience in the addiction treatment field.