NJ Law Enforcement Trying to Stop Spread of Deadly Synthetic Drug
NJ health experts and law enforcement officials are increasingly worried about a new drug, “Pink,” that is circulating on New Jersey streets and causing a significant number of potentially deadly drug overdoses.
The synthetic drug is widely available online and is known by different names, including Pink, pinky, and U-47700. The drug is most commonly created in China and then shipped to the United States, including New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. According to at least one drug expert in NJ, Pink can be purchased for as cheaply as $5 by a drug user looking for a quick fix for their drug addiction.
One of the major problems with the spread of Pink throughout New Jersey is that the synthetic opiate is extremely powerful. In fact, Pink is reportedly far more powerful than a drug like heroin. This is one reason that Pink has become so popular among drug users in New Jersey and elsewhere in the US. The drug is also highly addictive.
The potency of Pink, combined with the fact that many drug users are unaware of just how dangerous and powerful the drug is before ingesting it, has led to more than 80 confirmed drug overdose deaths in the past year. The truth is that Pink is probably responsible for far more fatal overdoses. For instance, coroners who examined the body of Prince, the famous musician who tragically passed away as a result of a drug overdose, said that he likely used a drug “cocktail” that included both Fentanyl, a powerful painkiller, and Pink.
The federal government has already taken steps to prevent individuals from acquiring Pink within the U.S. Until recently, the drug could be purchased over the Internet because it technically had not been banned by the government. However, just a few weeks ago, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) officially classified Pink as a Schedule I controlled dangerous substance (CDS). This put the drug on the same level as other highly addictive narcotics with no known medical uses and made it illegal for anyone to possess Pink in New Jersey or anywhere else in the United States.
It took federal officials a while to respond to the Pink epidemic because the drug is relatively new. The reality is that it is almost impossible for authorities to stem the tide of prescription drug abuse and addiction because new synthetic drugs are being developed all the time. Moreover, prescription drug addiction is on the rise because more and more patients are being legally prescribed painkillers in the US. Making matters worse is the fact that many individuals who initially become hooked on legal prescription opioids end up turning to heroin use once their prescriptions have lapsed and they can no longer obtain the painkillers.
For more information, check out the NJ.com article, “What Is Pink? Deadly Synthetic Drug 8X More Potent Than Heroin.”
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