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DEA Bans Designer Drug ‘Pink’

DEA Bans Designer Drug 'Pink'

Author: Shernide Delva

The Drug Enforcement Administration has put a stop to a synthetic opioid known as Pink. The  DEA’s recent classification will put Pink on the schedule I list along with drugs like heroin and cannabis. This rescheduling is due to the drug’s potential for abuse

Dozens of deaths related to the abuse of pink have been reported; the federal government analyzed the drug and determined it had no medical purpose. The new status of the drug will go into effect on Nov. 14 and continue for two years. There is also an option for a one-year extension if the DEA determines more data is needed on the substance.

Authorities state pink is commonly imported from China in the same family of powerful synthetic opioids including carfentanil and furanylfentanyl. The drug comes either in pill form, powder, or can even be purchased as a mist.

Pink is said to be eight times stronger than heroin. According to a statement by the police chief in Park City, Utah, “if you touch it, you could go into cardiac arrest.” A drug like pink poses danger because it increases the likeliness of an overdose and raises the number of overdose fatalities.

The drug has been floating legally in most states. Until this ban, the drug was only banned in Florida, Wyoming, Georgia and Ohio.  Data from forensic toxicology tests has reported at least 80 deaths across the country from pink since the beginning of the year.

Furthermore, the DEA reported 46 deaths between Oct. 2015 and Sept. 2015. Out of those numbers, 31 occurred in New York and another 10 in North Carolina. The agency suggested that the number is probably even higher due to the inconsistencies and delays in reporting these deaths. In several European countries like Finland and Sweden, the drug has already been banned.

Overdose fatalities are a global epidemic. More people die each year from overdoses than they do from automobile accidents.  Prescription drug regulations have made opioids like oxycodone more difficult for addicts to obtain. As a result, they turn to heroin. The problem with street drugs is that they are not regulated, so there is no certainty on what the substance is made of and what dosage. Therefore, when these drugs are taken, they often contain fentanyl or carfentanil which is several times stronger than heroin. These high doses increase the risk of an overdose significantly.

Narcan is an overdose reversal antidote given to addicts in the middle of an overdose. Narcan works by reversing the effects of opioids on the receptors of the brain. Narcan has been used to save countless lives. Because of this, the drug has become more accessible and even pharmacies are carrying the antidote. However, Narcan is not the path to decreasing overdoses, recovery is.

The best way to avoid an overdose all together is to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Do not wait for another overdose to make a change. You never know whether your next high is going to be your last. Therefore, if you are struggling with any addiction, get help now. We are waiting for your call. Call today.

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