Dangerous new opioid “gray death” causing concern

Substance contains mix of different opioids

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NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Police are warning about a new opioid combination is being called the “gray death.”

The substance is a combination of opioids, including heroin and fentanyl. It also includes a drug used to tranquilize large animals, such as elephants.

The drug mixture, which is much stronger than plain heroin, has already caused deaths in Alabama, Georgia, and Ohio. It looks like a concrete mix, and varies in consistency from a hard, chunky material to a fine powder.

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It is unconfirmed whether this “gray death” drug is here in Massachusetts, but one Northampton resident said he wouldn’t be surprised if it is.

“It definitely doesn’t shock me. I think people have been looking for new, more accessible ways and cheaper ways for as long as people have been around. No, it doesn’t surprise me,” Jon Aronstein of Northampton said.

The “gray death” mixture also contains a synthetic opioid called U47700. Some of the pills taken from Rockstar Prince’s estate after the musician’s overdose death contained U47700.

Last year, opioid overdoses killed at least 1,400 people in Massachusetts.

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