Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Health Canada Flags U-47700 in Hopes of Staving off Latest Opioid Threat

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Health Canada Flags U-47700 in Hopes of Staving off Latest Opioid Threat

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Ottawa braces for next opioid peril: U-47700

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OTTAWA - The federal government is looking to stave off the threat of a powerful new street drug its users have christened "grey death."

Health Canada is seeking stakeholder comments on a proposal to add a deadly new compound, known formally as U-47700, to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

A posting in the Canada Gazette says U-47700 is being used by drug manufacturers in counterfeit prescription medications, as well as in other illicit drug mixtures such as cocaine and heroin.

"Grey death" -- named for its resemblance to concrete powder -- is a combination of U-47700 and opioids like heroin, fentanyl and carfentanil, an elephant sedative.

The government says U-47700 was detected in at least 254 law enforcement seizures identified by Health Canada in 2016. …

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