It's being called "gray death" and the new and unsafe drug combination underscores the ever-changing face of the opioid epidemic.
It's a combination of opioids that can kill users with one hit and has already been found in southern states like Georgia.
But using frightening names to label lethal combinations of drugs won't stop addicts from taking them.
The Ohio attorney general's office has analyzed eight samples matching the gray death mixture from around the state. This last ingredient alone has been responsible for around 50 deaths in last two years in 6 U.S. states and when used in combination with other additives, makes for an even more fatal substance. Now comes word that pushers are offering a deadly new mixture commonly called "gray death". Some of the pills taken from Rockstar Prince's estate after the musician's overdose death contained U47700. "If this news release saves one life because a citizen recognizes 'Gray Death, ' it is worth it".
Gray death has a much higher potency than heroin, according to a bulletin issued by the Gulf Coast High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area.
"It has been hard enough to warn citizens of pure heroin, fentanyl, carfentanil and other opiates". Users typically take it in a variety of ways including smoking, snorting or injecting and is more potent than heroin.
In Ohio, the coroner's office that serves the Cincinnati area said a similar compound has been coming in for months.
The DEA describes U-47700 as a novel synthetic opioid and explained that its abuse parallel that of heroin, prescription opioids and other novel opioids.
Patients and treatment center owners say locals' concerns are unfair and stigmatize the facilities and people seeking help for addiction to opioids and other drugs.
Some communities also are seeing fentanyl mixed with non-opioids, such as cocaine.
'Now, sometimes they're looking at it, at least initially, and say, "Well, we don't know"'. Most of the users do not know the ingredients in this new unsafe drug. Now, Winter Park P.D.is trying to figure out how to train its officers, so they don't touch the drug if they come in contact with it.
In 2014, Webber accidentally overdosed on fentanyl-laced heroin.
Heroin led the pack with nearly 13,000 deaths, which is slightly higher than the number of United States gun homicides.
"From my own experience, when you're that addicted and it gets to that level, you don't care and it's all about getting high", Stone told WSBT-TV.