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Posted on January 17th, 2017

Deadly drug Pink behind 3 fatalities in Maricopa County, says DEA

Deadly drug Pink behind 3 fatalities in Maricopa County, says DEA

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has identified the deadly drug U-47700, also known as just U-4 or Pink, as the substance responsible for three deaths in Arizona’s Maricopa County in 2016. The three fatalities occurred due to an overdose of Pink, the agency mentioned in a recent statement.

Of the three cases of drug overdose, the first one involved a 55-year-old man from Phoenix, who had complained of back pain before being discovered dead by his relatives in his bedroom on April 24, 2016. The toxicology report identified U-47700 intoxication as a contributory factor in his death.

The second victim of Pink overdose was a 25-year-old male with a history of drug use and the third was a 24-year-old man from Mesa, Arizona. He too was found dead in his bedroom on June 7, 2016. While he had a history of drug abuse, the autopsy report stated toxicity from a combination of drugs, including U-4 as the cause of death.

The third body of a 24-year-old man from Phoenix was found at his residence on August 25, 2016. The autopsy report, in this case also, revealed the presence of a combination of multiple opioid prescription drugs, sedatives, and U-4.

The toxicology and investigative reports documenting these fatalities were shared with intelligence officers and agents at the DEA’s Heroin Enforcement Action Team (HEAT). HEAT is part of an enforcement program run by the DEA’s Phoenix Division that helps identify and arrest drug traffickers directly responsible for deaths owing to overdose.

As per Doug Coleman, special agent in charge of DEA, Arizona, the discovery of Pink in Maricopa County is a great concern for the community, law enforcement agencies, and the DEA. Never tested on humans and never approved for human use, this is the first time that Pink has shown up in local overdose cases. According to Coleman, people just do not realize how strong Pink is.

Pink – psychoactive with no medicinal value

Illegal drug Pink has been termed as a psychoactive with no medicinal value by the DEA. Developed by pharmaceutical company Upjohn as an alternative to morphine, Pink was supposed to be less addictive. However, it is more potent than the commonly abused painkillers heroin and morphine. It can easily kill anyone who handles as little as one ounce.

Pink is known to trigger feelings of euphoria and relaxation. Available in the form of powder, pill, or nasal spray, the drug falls in the family of powerful synthetic opioids such as fentanyl and carfentanil.  Blamed for rising deaths across the nation, Pink is manufactured in China and other countries and is mostly ordered online through secretly operated websites.

Recovery and rehabilitation

The abuse of synthetic opiates has been rising rapidly across the nation. If you know someone who is addicted to opioids such as U-47700, it is time to seek professional support and start on the path to sobriety. Contact the Arizona Detox Helpline for more information for detoxification treatment centers in Arizona. You can dial our 24/7 helpline 866-593-8453 or chat online with our experts to know about the top drug detoxification treatment centers in Arizona.