Gray death: Dangerous opioid combo is latest mixing trend


Among the pills found at the estate of singer and performer Prince, where he was found dead in April 2016, contained U-47700, a category drugs that is rated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration as most unsafe of all.

Some of the pills taken from Prince's estate after the music icon's overdose contained U47-700.

"I can not understand, nor will I ever, why anybody would want to put something in their arm, or snort it or smoke it, called gray death". A similar mixture was seen by the coroner's office in Cincinnati, Ohio.

So far, it's been limited to the Gulf Coast and states like Georgia and OH and "we are monitoring the potential spread of this deadly combination of drugs", Russ Baer of the federal Drug Enforcement Agency told NBC News. Its potency is higher than heroin and even touching the cement mix-like powder can put users at risk.

It's a combination of opioids that can kill users with one hit and has already been found in southern states like Georgia. "Why anybody - 'Hey here's some gray death, ' but what do you think is going to happen to you?"

The "gray death" mixture also contains a synthetic opioid called U47700.

The combination is the latest in the trend of heroin mixed with opioids, as combos of heroin with fentanyl, for example, have been around for several years in the area. It was so high that health officials asked the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to send health officials to help address the crisis. This has been investigated as to how the drug can affect the user. "Now, sometimes they're looking at it, at least initially, and say 'Well, we don't know'". Combinations also pose a problem to scientists, as they struggle to find out the components of the mix. In 2015, fewer than 20 percent of people who needed addiction treatment received it, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human services. WCPO reports that the drug is seven times more potent than morphine. In Ohio, a record 3,050 people died of drug overdoses a year ago, most the result of opioid painkillers or their relative, heroin. Most were the result of opioid painkillers or their relative, heroin. This latest trend ups the ante on the fentanyl front, one that already had addicts around the US running to drug forums online and issuing "fent warnings" for particular cities. These recorded overdose cases include gray death. It took two doses of naloxone to revive him.

"You don't know what you're getting with these things", Richie Webber, head of the organization Fight for Recovery, told The Associated Press. We've been told by law enforcement in Summit County that the paranoia surrounding the fentanyl boom has led some users to methamphetamines, which in turn have been showing up in drug busts cut with fentanyl as well.



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