Synthetic drug linked to fatal overdoses found in U.P.

Published: Aug. 12, 2016 at 2:26 PM EDT
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A synthetic drug that can be purchased online has been connected to several Upper Peninsula investigations, according to Lt. Sholander with the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team.

The drug, known as U-47700, can come in various forms and can be injected, taken orally or snorted.

According to Lt. Sholander, the Upper Peninsula crime lab has confirmed the synthetic drug has been involved in several criminal investigations in 2016. He could not confirm any specific case in which the drug was found at this time.

Sholander urges the community to become aware of the extreme dangers of U-47700 as it has been confirmed to cause overdose and/or death.

“The drug is possibly seven to eight times more potent than morphine,” said Sholander.

U-47700 is comprised of man-made chemicals and was originally created by Upjohn, a pharmaceutical manufacturer in the 1970’s. It’s not currently banned in Michigan.