Idaho bans new synthetic drug connected to 2 deaths in state


BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho has become the latest state to ban a new synthetic drug that can be purchased online and is connected to at least two deaths in the state.

The Idaho Statesman (http://bit.ly/2bosn5y ) reports that the Idaho State Board of Pharmacy issued the temporary emergency ban on U-47700 earlier this month. The Idaho Legislature will be asked to make illegal permanently when they convene in January.

Nearly eight times more potent than morphine, U-47700 comes in various forms and can be injected, snorted or taken orally.

Synthetic drugs are comprised of man-made chemicals and produced in a laboratory.

At least three other states — Ohio, Wyoming and Georgia — already have taken action to ban U-47700 after it was connected to overdoses. The drug is connected to 50 deaths nationwide.

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Information from: Idaho Statesman, http://www.idahostatesman.com

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