“Gray Death” U-47700 that killed Prince Continues to Claim More Lives

Since opioid and related drugs are illegal, how can one be sure of what chemical compound they are buying out on the street and consuming, until repercussions unfold? Among the pills found at the estate of singer and performer Prince, where he was found dead in April 2016, contained U-47700, a category drugs that is rated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration as most dangerous of all.

U-47700 is a lethal opioid combination
Gray death as it is nicknamed, looks like a concrete mix while varying in consistency of chunky and hard material to fine powdered stuff. Gray death is essentially a mixture of a number of opioids that have been linked to four-figure fatal overdoses in the U.S. in the past two decades including heroin, fentanyl, and carfentanil, which is at times used to tranquilize elephants! Users of gray death swallow, inject, snort, or smoke it, although the officials believe that this strong drug with much higher potency than heroin can even put you at risk merely by touching it as it can be absorbed through the skin.

Number of casualties continues to escalate
Prince’s death brought it to the forefront of news stories but gray death has been around for quite some time now, with investigators founding frequent cases in the states of Alabama, Ohio, and Georgia. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has had nearly 50 gray death overdose cases in the past three years, primarily from Atlanta area. In 2015, Ohio state health officials had to send for CDC scientists to help in escalating number of Fentanyl-related deaths. More than 33,000 people succumbed to opioids related cases in the U.S., with Ohio accounting for the maximum 3,050 drug overdose deaths in 2016.