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Deadly synthetic opioid not in Rochester, yet.

Deadly synthetic opioid not in Rochester, yet.

Posted: Thu Sep 20 05:04:01 PDT 2018
Updated: Thu Sep 20 05:04:02 PDT 2018

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a deadly synthetic opioid that was responsible for nearly 50 overdose deaths a few years ago may be on the streets in the twin cities. our sister station wcco is reporting the drug called "pink" is making the rounds in the metro area. kimt news three's deedee stiepan spoke to local authorities to see if it could make its way to our area. live she joins us live in rochester with the details. tyler ? arielle law enforcement officials keep a close eye on drug trends in the twin cities and chicago because that's where most of the drugs being used here in rochester come from. here's what i learned about this designer drug "pink" gets it's name from the pink? ish hue that comes from the way its cut or processed. now according to the dea its 7 to 8 times more potent than morphine and some reports say it could take up to six doses of narcan to revive someone who has overdosed. rpd captain john sherwin tells me they haven't seen "pink" locally but that "it always depends on where the source is and whos bringing it from, so just because we haven't seen "pink" doesn't mean we won't but it's not something that's currently on our radar." capt sherwin says within the last two years rochester specifically has seen an increase in heroin and meth laced with fentanyl and that's led to a number of overdose deaths. thanks deedee. the dea has categorized "pink" as a schedule one substance ? which classifies it as a dangerous addictive drug on par with heroin and lsd.
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