Newest Street Drugs

Newest Street Drugs

Bath Salts
Gray Death
Pink, Pinky (U-4770)

Bath Salts (back to top)

  • Synthetic cathinones, commonly called bath salts, are marketed as cheap substitutes for other stimulants such as methamphetamine and cocaine.
  • They are included in a group of drugs that public health officials called “new psychoactive substances” or mind-altering drugs.
  • Bath salts are usually white or brown crystal-like powders sold in small plastic or foil packages labeled “not for human consumption.”
  • Bath salts are also sometimes labeled plant food, jewelry cleaner or phone screen cleaner.
  • Bath salts are typically bought online or in drug paraphernalia stores.
  • Some of the names under which bath salts are sold include Flakka, Bloom, Could Nine, Lunar Wave, Vanilla Sky, White Lightning and Scarface,
  • People typically swallow, snort, smoke or inject synthetic cathinones.
  • The effects of synthetic cathinones include paranoia, hallucinations, increased sociability, increased sex drive, panic attacks, extreme agitation and violent behavior.
  • Using bath salts can cause nosebleeds, sweating, nausea, dehydration, breakdown of skeletal muscle tissue and kidney failure. Intoxication from synthetic cathinones causes death. The worst outcomes are associated with snorting or needle injection.
  • Alpha-PVP is chemically similar to other synthetic cathinone drugs. It can cause a condition called “excited delirium” that involves hyper-stimulation, paranoia, and hallucinations that can lead to violent aggression and self-injury. The drug has been linked to deaths by suicide as well as heart attacks.
  • Alpha-PVP can also dangerously raise body temperature and lead to kidney damage or kidney failure.

Carfentanil (back to top)

  • Carfentanil is a Schedule II substance under the Controlled Substances Act, used as a tranquilizing agent for elephants and other large mammals.
  • Street names for fentanyl and carfentanil include Apache, China White, China Girl, Apache, Goodfella, Tango and Cash and TNT.
  • The lethal dose range for carfentanil in humans is unknown, but it is 100 times stronger than fentanyl, which can kill in the 2-milligram range.
  • Carfentanil is a serious danger to the public, first responders and medical and laboratory personnel. It can be absorbed through the skin or through accidental inhalation of airborne powder.
  • Symptoms of exposure include respiratory depression or arrest, drowsiness, disorientation, sedation, pinpoint pupils, and clammy skin.
  • The onset of symptoms usually occurs within minutes of exposure.

Fentanyl (back to top)

  • Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid like morphine, but is 50 to 100 times more potent.
  • Non-pharmaceutical fentanyl is sold as a powder, on blotter paper, mixed with or substituted for heroin, or as tablets that mimic other, less potent opioids.
  • Street names for fentanyl and carfentanil include Apache, China White, China Girl, Apache, Goodfella, Tango and Cash and TNT.
  • Fentanyl’s effects include euphoria, drowsiness, nausea, confusion, constipation, sedation, tolerance, addiction, respiratory depression and arrest, unconsciousness, coma and death.
  • Fentanyl sold on the street can be mixed with heroin or cocaine, which markedly amplifies its potency and potential dangers.
  • The high potency of fentanyl greatly increases risk of overdose, especially if a person who uses drugs is unaware that a powder or pill contains fentanyl.

Flakka (back to top)

  • Flakka is a stimulant with a similar chemical makeup to the amphetamine-like drug found in bath salts.
  • While the drug was originally marketed as a legal high alternative to Ecstasy, the effects are significantly different.
  • Users experience an elevated heart rate, enhanced emotions, and sometimes strong hallucinations.
  • The drug can cause permanent psychological damage because it affects the mood-regulating neurons that keep the mind’s sertraline and dopamine in check, as well as possibly causing heart failure.

Gray Death (back to top)

  • Gray Death is a combination of several opioids, including heroin, fentanyl, carfentanil and U-47700.
  • The drug looks like concrete mix, and varies in consistency from a hard, chunky material to a fine powder.
  • “Gray Death is one of the scariest combinations that I have ever seen in nearly 20 years of forensic chemistry drug analysis,” Deneen Kilcrease, manager of the chemistry section at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, said.
  • Georgia’s investigation bureau has received 50 overdose cases in the past three months involving Gray Death, most from the Atlanta area, said spokeswoman Nelly Miles.
  • Gray Death ingredients and their concentrations are unknown to users, making it particularly lethal, Kilcrease said.
  • In addition, because these strong drugs can be absorbed through the skin, simply touching the powder puts users at risk, she said.
  • Gray Death has a much higher potency than heroin, according to a bulletin issued by the Gulf Coast High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area. Users inject, swallow, smoke or snort it.

Krokodil (back to top)

  • Krokodil, first popularized in Russia, is an injectable drug that is a combination of a fast-acting opiate called desomorphine and either iodine, gasoline, hydrochloric acid, or paint thinner.
  • There are unconfirmed reports of krokodil use in the U.S.
  • The drug is nicknamed the “Zombie apocalypse drug” or the “flesh-eating drug” because it causes damage to the skin, and eventually underlying tissues.
  • Krokodil means “crocodile” in Russian, a reference to users’ skin appearing scaled and green.
  • Additional side effects include erratic movement of the body and impediment of speech.
  • People who regularly use the drug have had a life expectancy of two years.

Pink, Pinky (U-4770) (back to top)

  • The street drug Pink or Pinky, properly named U-47700, is a synthetic opioid.
  • The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration added U-47700 to its most restrictive list of controlled substances in 2016, saying it is “an imminent threat to public health.”
  • The DEA has confirmed dozens of Pink-related deaths across the country, including several in North Carolina and South Carolina.
  • Pink is swallowed, snorted or injected.
  • South Carolina Law Enforcement Division spokesman Thom Berry said in February that SLED confirmed that Pink caused three deaths in Spartanburg, one in Lancaster County. There was also one possibly Pink-related death in Anderson.
  • Pink is so powerful that cardiac arrests and overdoses can result from just touching it.
  • The drug’s effects include numbness, sedation, cold and clammy skin, coma and respiratory failure leading to death.
  • Law enforcement agencies have encountered the drug in powder form and counterfeit tablets.
  • Pink is typically imported via mail from clandestine chemical labs in China.
  • Pink can be found as a single substance, but is often in combination with other drugs, such as heroin and fentanyl.
  • Some bags containing Pink are marked with stamped logos, similar to the way heroin is packaged.
  • A DEA news release says: “Because substances like U-47700 are often manufactured in illicit labs overseas, the identity, purity and quantity are unknown, creating a ‘Russian roulette’ scenario for any user.”