In November, the DEA classified the designer drug U-47700, otherwise known as Pink, as a Schedule I substance. Schedule I substances are drugs that haven proven to be highly addictive and have no known medical application for their usage, so with this classification, the drug is now illegal in the United States.
The ban on the designer drug comes after the drug caused at least 80 deaths throughout the last year and a need to control its usage and spread became apparent. Pink is part of the wave of new synthetic designer drugs to have made their way onto American shores over the past few years that have proven to be difficult to police due to the ever-changing nature of their chemical composition. Whenever one of these designer drugs is banned, a new one is created with a slight alteration to its chemical makeup in order to skirt American drug laws and this has proved problematic for law enforcement.
Whereas in the past, drug composition was fairly stable, the past few years have seen overseas drug producers creating new and sometimes lethal combinations of chemicals in order to attempt to reproduce the effects of already illegal drugs. This has created a large market for drugs of this kind, but the issue is that many people do not know exactly what they are taking.
As we have with drugs such as Bath Salts and Flakka, the effects produced can be life altering as these drugs can cause psychosis that results in permanent physical harm or legal troubles. Although they are marketed as legal, this does not mean that they are safe for consumption and people who use these substances do so at a tremendous risk to their own safety.
Pink is in the same synthetic opioid family as Carfentanil and it is said to be eight times as powerful as heroin. Majority of the substance is being imported from China, where it is made in laboratories specifically made for the creation of these types of drugs. It comes in a number of different forms and up until the ban last month could be purchased legally in a number of states.
Some proponents of drugs as such as the designer drug Pink say that they are a way to allow people who are addicted to opiates, to continue to use without having the legal risk involved in using illicit substances. They say that solving the drug problem in this country may mean that our hardline stances on abstinence-only need to be changed to take into account the physical changes that occur to the addicted mind. They feel that by allowing people who are addicted, and possibly not yet ready to stop, the possibility of getting high legally, we remove a lot of the social ills caused by the opioid epidemic in this country and keep people out of jail who did nothing but suffer from an illness.
While there is some validity to their claims, the problem with designer drugs like Pink is that there is no regulation on them and since they are imported from foreign countries, where the DEA and any other overseeing branches of the government have no authority, the possibility that the drug contains harmful and unwanted substances is greatly increased. A person who believes they are taking Pink could possibly be ingesting other substances as well and what reaction this will cause in them is unknown.
Now that the drug has been banned for sale in the US, this means that there will more than likely be a new drug, if there isn’t one already, released sometime soon, causing the cycle to continue all over again. How exactly the United States keeps up with the constantly changing world of synthetic drugs is beyond our grasp right now, but it seems that our current mode of operation might be antiquated at this point.
The Synthetic Drug Abuse Prevention Act of 2012 was a good start in our fight against synthetic drugs, as it banned outright a number of the substances that go into making these drugs, but even in that, drug producers are finding new methods to get around the laws at every step of the way. This is why it is important to educate people on the dangers of these drugs and to continue to dispel the myth that just because you can buy something from a convenience store or head shop does not mean that it is safe to use.
Seeking Treatment For Pink or Designer Drugs
Some people may feel that because they haven’t been abusing traditional drugs like cocaine or heroin that they do not need treatment. They may feel that because their substance is easily attained over the Internet or in stores that they are fine, but this could not be further from the truth.
Drug addiction and alcoholism are not contingent on the substance that you use or how often that you use it. A person who only drinks once a week could be an alcoholic, just as a person who drinks every day could be an alcoholic. In fact, alcoholism and drug addiction are still present even after the substances have stopped being used. Any person who has attempted to stop for a period of time and found that the drawback to substance use was so strong that they could not resist it can attest to this, so if you feel that you may have a problem with substance abuse, it is best to seek professional medical help, rather than try to go it alone.
If this sounds like you and you think that you need help for your addiction, then call the professional at Dream Center for Recovery today at 1-877-978-3148. Our trained staff is standing by to help you in any way that they possibly can and we know what you need in order to break free from your addiction and start a new life in recovery. So don’t delay, our trained staff is standing by to take your call.