The world is currently going through a major opioid epidemic. With overdose percentages skyrocketing over the past few years, the dangerous substances that are opioids has raised concerns all over the world. The latest shocking development in the opioid epidemic is the recent death of two 13-year-old boys.
The drug which killed the boys is called U-47700 and is commonly referred to as “Pink”. This drug was also found in Prince’s house after his death in 2016. The two boys, Ryan Ainsworth and Grant Seaver, both from Park City Utah, reportedly received the drugs from a teenager who ordered them online from China. One of the teenagers has now been charged with reckless endangerment as well as distribution of a controlled substance.
The drug is synthesized in laboratories all over the world. It is fairly new and can be bought online for as little as $40. Because the drug is fairly new, its effects are not yet fully understood. The drug is often laced with other drugs, and even the smallest amount can be fatal.
The two boys were found dead by their parents. At the time they had no idea what could have killed them until investigators reviewed their social media accounts, where they found conversations about the dangerous drug.
U-47700 is almost eight times stronger than morphine and is responsible for almost 50 deaths in the United States. It is similar to Fentanyl, which is the drug that killed Prince in 2016 and was even found inside his home after his tragic overdose.
The dangerous and highly addictive drug was developed in the 1970s as an alternative to morphine, and chemists all over the world (specifically in China and Eastern Europe) are making recipes of it using old scientific journals and patent records.
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is in the process of listing the deadly U-47700 as a banned substance.