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U-47700: Too dangerous to be ignored

U-47700:  Too dangerous to be ignored

The pharmaceutical giant Upjohn first formulated U-47700, a newly popular super-strong drug, in the 1970s. Also known as Pink, Pinky  or U4 on the streets, U-47700 is a synthetic opioid pain medication from the benzamide chemical class that induces relaxation, sedation and euphoria. Besides, the drug is nearly seven and a half times more potent than morphine, when developed with the accurate specifications of the patent drug.

In the past decade, multiple deaths were caused due to the street use of U-47700. Even at small doses, the drug can be extremely toxic. Besides death in severe situations, users also reported other harmful side effects like rectal bleeding or nerve damage even after the six months of sobriety. Seized in the powder and tablet forms, it is imported from the clandestine chemical labs running in China. Moreover, it is sold as ‘research chemicals’ on the internet.

U-47700 is an extremely toxic drug due to its potency. Like any other opioids, U-47700 also inflicts similar long-term effects in the long run, such as diminished libido, apathy and memory loss. The drug can prove fatal when used in combination with depressants or benzodiazepines.

Health hazards of Pink

U-47700 was originally developed by chemists of the pharmaceutical giant Upjohn in the 1970s as a potent pain reliever for surgery, cancer or other dreadful injuries. The drug Pink shares common properties as morphine and other related mu-opioid receptor agonists. Since the drug is manufactured in illegal laboratories, its strength can be far more potent than morphine.

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) highlighted that nearly 46 deaths were connected with U-47700 use in 2015 and 2016. When brought from the streets, the drug is often mixed with heroin or fentanyl to enhance its potency. Moreover, the products of Pink are sold deceitfully to mimic the packaging of heroin or prescribed opioids. .

Like other narcotic drugs, individuals who abuse U-47700 stand a greater risk of developing addiction, substance use disorder (SUD), overdose, etc. Moreover, physical dependence on the drug can be quite high. The withdrawal symptoms that typically emerge two to four hours after administering the last dose can be painful. Therefore, it is advisable not to become physically dependent on the drug.

As a result of increased tolerance, the risk of overdose can escalate rapidly after a period of cessation and relapse. A toxicology case report, published in the Annals of Emergency Medicine, highlighted occasions where fentanyl and U-47700 were deceivingly sold as the prescription opioid pain medication Norco on the streets of Northern and Central California.

In one of the patients in the emergency department (ED), with the above medication led to respiratory depression and pinpoint pupils due to the presence of hydrocodone, fentanyl and U-47700.

Opioid drugs like U-47700 is often abused for its narcotic-like effects. However, in the process, people can witness a range of side effects similar to those of opioids. Some of the repercussions are as follows:

  • Sedation, relaxation, numbness
  • Potent analgesia
  • Severe, possibly fatal respiration depression
  • Pinpoint pupils
  • Constipation
  • Itching
  • Drug tolerance, addiction
  • Seizures
  • Psychosis
  • Fatal overdose

Lead a drug-free life

Considering the above-mentioned repercussions of such drugs, it is essential to spread awareness about them to dissuade people from falling in the trap of substance abuse. Moreover, the public should be made aware that drugs obtained on the street may be fake and deadly, even though they might look like an authentic prescription medication.

If you or your loved one is grappling with any addiction, seek immediate help. The Texas Substance Abuse Helpline assists in accessing the best substance abuse treatment centers in Texas that specialize in delivering evidence-based intervention plans. Call at our 24/7 helpline number 866-971-2658 or chat online to know more about the substance abuse treatment programs in Texas.