Omaha drug crimes defense lawyer Daniel Stockmann will likely see a surge of cases involving “Pink,” now that the DEA has made it illegal in order “to avoid an imminent hazard to the public safety,” the official documents say. Originally dubbed U-47700, the opioid was created by a pharmaceutical company in the 1970s with the hopes of using it as a prescription painkiller. It was legal throughout most of the United States until the latter part of 2016.
Pink is a Deadly Opioid
Synthetic drugs are hitting the streets at an alarming rate. This makes it difficult for them to be classified and, with the chemical makeup varying from one drug to the next, many remain legal until something draws the attention of officials to it. In the case of U-47700, about 50 deaths occurred in the year before the move was made to reclassify it. It’s one of the many opioids that account for some 78 deaths per day in America, per statistics from the CDC. Officials add that taking Pink is like playing “Russian Roulette,” as there’s often no telling who manufactured it or how potent any batch might be.
“We’re seeing new ones every week, or at least every month,” said DEA spokesperson Rusty Payne, speaking of the recent surge in designer synthetic drugs. “So much stuff is coming over that’s being manufactured in these labs in China and elsewhere, people don’t even know what they’re getting.”
Further compounding the problem is the fact that the family of drugs Pink belongs to is more potent than heroin and many hospitals still lack the capabilities of testing for it. This means that when there’s an overdose, it’s difficult for doctors to identify what caused it and render proper care. Moreover, authorities say it can be purchased online and shipped from China, so they’re having trouble stopping the source.
The Schedule I Rating is Considered Temporary
Although the DEA could not make Pink illegal on a permanent basis, the agency does have the ability to reschedule drugs on an emergency basis. Under these guidelines, Pink is now a Schedule I drug, which means it’s rated the same as heroin, cocaine, and LSD. Substances can only receive this type of scheduling when they have no known medicinal value, are likely to be abused, and pose severe safety risks. Pink will remain a Schedule I substance until the last quarter of 2018. At this point, the DEA can either prove the risks Pink poses to add it permanently to the list or request an extension and it will retain its temporary Schedule I status for an additional year.
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