Past researches and data released by the federal agencies have time and again stressed on the repercussions of using drugs that have taken millions of lives. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has brought to light the rising trend in drug overdose deaths including those caused by opioids in America. Illinois particularly, has reported threat from a synthetic opioid highlighting the plight of those reeling under the drug’s impact. The drug also referred to as “U,” “U-4,” “Pink” or “Pinky” is said to have caused deaths of at least 100 people in the city in the past few years.
While an exponential rise is evident in the number of opioid overdose deaths since 2010, figures accounting for heroin-related deaths indicate a three-fold increase from 8 percent in 2010 to 25 percent in 2015. The drug identified as U-47700 is eight times more potent than heroin and can be accessed from Chinese manufacturers via the web.
Fear of U-47700 among Americans
Law enforcement officials maintain that the drug can be absorbed, inhaled and mixed with heroin or fentanyl thus, aggravating the possibilities of overdose. Mixing drugs is a low-cost deal for the dealers but are more dangerous and lend an ecstatic effect to drug users. The fact that use of the drug heroin causes enough harm, mixing the same with U-47700 makes a more lethal combination.
Use of the drug U-47700 is banned in the United States. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has temporarily classified the drug as “Schedule 1” substance, effective Nov. 14, 2016. The drug is not recommended or used for any medical purposes and is deemed fatal similar to marijuana and LSD. The prohibition would continue for the next two years, with a possible one-year extension if the DEA is in need for more details to establish if use of the drug needs to be permanently disallowed in the country. The drug ban was consequent to news of 46 deaths across the country between October 2015 and September 2016.
Expressing concern over the fact that the drug is manufactured in pill form and marketed as just another kind of prescription opioid, the DEA noted in a press release, “Because substances like U-47700 are often manufactured in illicit labs overseas, the identity, purity, and quantity are unknown, creating a ‘Russian roulette’ scenario for any user… Emergency scheduling of dangerous drugs such as U-47700 on a temporary basis is one of the most significant tools DEA can utilize to address the problems associated with deadly new street drugs.”
Addiction to any dangerous substance must be treated timely
Addiction to drugs, alcohol or prescription painkillers can be treated with timely intervention. An ideal addiction recovery process should be based on a comprehensive approach and not just comprise medication but also include detoxification. Doctors prescribe the nature and kind of detox process in accordance with the length and severity of dependence on the drug. The initial process of detoxification is imperative to flush out the toxins that may have been accumulated in the body due to prolonged consumption of illicit substances. Most patients exhibit withdrawal symptoms during the process that are managed under expert supervision.
Recovery from addiction is a long and arduous process and involves a holistic treatment in a professional setting. At times, alternate therapeutic interventions may be required such as group and family therapy, anger management techniques, meditation, nutrition-assisted detox and continued care.
Complete elimination of drugs from a society ridden with problems of addiction and mental health is difficult, though not completely impossible. It requires collective efforts to ensure recovery for those seeking relief from their dependence habits. If you or any of your loved ones are addicted to heroin or any other dangerous substance, connect with the Prescription Drug Abuse Helpline of California to know about the finest heroin addiction treatment in California. You can chat online or call us at our 24/7 helpline number 855-738-2770 to locate the best drug rehabs in California.