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What is pink heroin?

While there is no doubt the opioid epidemic is sweeping the country, fighting it has been very difficult. Missouri is not immune to the challenges of keeping residents away from opioids and preventing overdoses and deaths. Things get more complicated when people find alternative ways to get access to these drugs. One such case is pink heroin.

According to NBC News, pink heroin is a mix of heroin and a drug referred to as pink or pink elephant. The proper chemical name for it is U-47700. This drug is eight times stronger than regular heroin. It can cause an overdose from just a small speck. It is highly dangerous and also very easy to get.

When pink first came on the scene and began rising in popularity, it was completely legal to buy it. You could go online and purchase the drug very easily. It usually came from foreign countries with China being the main supplier. However, the DEA took steps to ban it on the federal level in 2016.

Pink was so easy to get because it was an ingredient in many products. Bath salts is the main one that you may recognize. You could even have bought it and brought it into your home unknowingly. This was part of what made it so dangerous. People could have access to it or let their children have access to it without knowing it was so dangerous. That is a very scary thing when you consider the opioid crisis and how many lives it has already taken. This information is for education and is not legal advice.

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