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Community Drug Alert: U-47700, “Pink” “Pinky” or “U4”

Stronger than heroin but currently legal in most states, U-47700 (also known as “Pinky” “Pink” or “U4” because of the powder’s pinkish hue) is easily available for purchase over the internet, and is often misleadingly marketed as a “research chemical” and “not for human consumption.” It is another opioid in the surge of synthetic drugs that includes bath salts and mock-up ecstasy. Community Drug Alert for "Pink" or "U4"

U-47700 belongs to a family of deadly synthetic opioids far more potent than morphine with the potential to be toxic even in small doses. It is taken alone or mixed with other drugs (like heroin and fentanyl), and in forms ranging from pills to powder to mist. Law enforcement and health officials have linked it to thousands of deaths last year, and The Federal Drug Enforcement Agency is now issuing its highest alert over the drug.

According to Drugs.com,”U-47700, also known as Pink, Pinky, or U4 on the streets, is a synthetic opioid pain medication developed as a dangerous designer drug. Since 2015, reports have surfaced of multiple deaths due to street use of U-47700 or “Pink”. Importation into the U.S. is primarily from clandestine chemical labs in China… Reports indicated that Pink and prescription opioid fentanyl may have been contained in the drug “cocktail” that led to the death of pop star legend Prince in April 2016.” Read more

The Dangers Hiding in Medicine Cabinets

dangers hiding in medicine cabinetIt’s easy to assume that if something is sold over the counter or even prescribed by your doctor, then it is safe. But this isn’t always the case. In fact many of the seemingly harmless bottles in your medicine cabinet can carry some dangerous risk. Pay close attention to what these dangers are, learn the risk, read the instructions carefully, and don’t be afraid to ask your doctor question. Here are some common dangers hiding in medicine cabinets:
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Effects of drugs: Does Casual Pot Use Change the Brain?

What are the effects of drugs such as marijuana when only used casually? Do they really affect the brain? Yes. Learn how NTR Brain Restoration can help reverse the damage.What are the effects of drugs such as marijuana when only used casually? Do they really affect the brain? We’ve known that heavy pot use has been associated with impaired learning, memory, motivation and attention. But it’s been commonly thought casual use of pot does not result in any negative outcomes. Until now. Read more

Drug Statistics: Painkiller-Addicted Seniors on the Rise

New drug statistics show that the number of painkiller-addicted seniors has tripled in the last decade.New drug statistics show that the number of painkiller-addicted seniors is on the rise. USA Today published a study conducted by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) that found that the number of senior citizens addicted to painkiller and anxiety medication has tripled in the last decade. This goes to show that the prescription drug epidmic is leaving no demographic unaffected. Read more

Substance Abuse Red Flags: Signs A HealthCare Professional is Abusing Drugs

Substance abuse among healthcare professionals is currently a major concern. There are a few substance abuse red flags to keep an eye out for among healthcare professionals who may be abusing drugs. There are a few substance abuse red flags to keep an eye out for among healthcare professionals who may be abusing drugs. Substance abuse among healthcare professionals is currently a major concern. Studies estimate that more than 100,000 healthcare workers struggle with substance abuse, often times right under the noses of their coworkers. If you are a healthcare worker be on the lookout for these common signs that a coworker might be abusing drugs. Read more

Drug Abuse Facts: Surprising Truths about Opiate Use

Here are some drug abuse facts that you should be aware of if you are considering taking or currently taking prescription opiate painkillers.In April the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) hosted the National Rx Drug Abuse Summit and revealed some surprising drug abuse facts, particularly about painkillers. Did you know that prescription opiate overdose deaths have quintupled since 1980? And that for every death related to prescription painkillers, there are 115 people addicted to painkillers and 4.35 million dollars in health care costs? And yet these dangerous drugs are being used at alarming rates.

Here are some drug abuse facts that you should be aware of if you are considering taking or currently taking prescription opiate painkillers: Read more

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