China Pledges to Ban More Synthetic Drugs Causing Overdose Deaths

China this week said it will ban four synthetic drugs linked to the rising number of overdose deaths in the United States, according to the Associated Press.

One of the drugs, U-47700, is similar to fentanyl and carfentanil. Its use has been increasing in the U.S., the article notes.

In November 2016, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) temporarily banned U-47700 under federal law. The agency said it had received reports of at least 46 confirmed deaths associated with the drug, which is also known as Pink.

The DEA placed Pink on Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act, alongside heroin, LSD and Ecstasy. The ban will last for 24 months, with a possible 12-month extension, before the DEA decides whether to make it permanent. The agency has said China is the top source for synthetic opioids.

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