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Health Highlights: Nov. 10, 2016

DEA to Ban Deadly Drug Called Pink

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DEA to Ban Deadly Drug Called Pink

The U.S. government announced Thursday that it will ban a deadly synthetic opioid drug called Pink.

The drug, also known as U-47700, is easily bought online and has been linked to 46 deaths, most of them in New York and North Carolina, NBC News reported.

Pink will be placed onto Schedule 1 of the Controlled Substances Act for drugs with no medical use and a high risk of abuse, the Drug Enforcement Administration said.

That classification, which also covers drugs such as heroin, LSD and ecstasy, will enable law enforcement officials to take action against Pink, NBC News reported.

Some states have outlawed Pink, but until the DEA ban takes effect, it will still be available legally online.

"This stuff is so powerful that if you touch it, you could go into cardiac arrest," Park City, Utah Police Chief Wade Carpenter told NBC News in September after the deaths of two 13-year-old boys who used the drug. "The problem is if you have a credit card and a cell phone, you have access to it."

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