Written By: Thursday, November 23rd 2017

With the opioid crisis in Ontario only getting worse, we could see more of this from police.
Barrie cops have now charged a 28 year old man with manslaughter, and criminal negiligence causing death, after the sudden death of a man in a drug case.
The charge follows a lengthy investigatioin, after a white powder was found at the scene of the death, and later confirmed to be a synthetic opioid called ‘U-4’. No info has been released about the victim, and the man charged will appear in court next week.
Police continue to warn that contact with U-4 could cause cardiac arrest and potentially death, and is virtually undetectable when mixed with other street drugs.

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Here is more on the drug in question, and the case itself, from a Barrie Police release.

November 9th, 2017 – Police & the Community

In August 2017, members of the Barrie Police Investigative Services attended a residence in the City of Barrie in regards to a sudden death.

Investigators seized a small bag of white powder from the scene to be tested by Health Canada. Testing confirmed the powder to be the deadly synthetic opioid U-47700.  U-47700, also known as U4, pink or pinky, was originally developed by a pharmaceutical company in the 1970’s and was intended to manage pain. Although it was never produced for pharmaceutical use, the substance is now commonly produced in Chinese labs and exported into other countries, including Canada.

U-47700 originates as a pale pink powder however it is more likely to found as a white powder similar to the appearance of cocaine and heroin. Some reports indicate that it has also been found in the form of blue pills or as a liquid in droppers or nasal inhalers.

U-47700 has an estimated strength equaling 7.5 times the strength of morphine. Side effects are not completely known as it has never been tested on humans. However, it is known that contact with U-47700 may cause cardiac arrest and potentially death.

Police are urging recreational drug users to be aware that U-47700 can be found mixed with other drugs and often cannot detect its presence.

For further information on opioids and the side effects or other drugs, visit the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit website or to speak with a public health professional one-on-one, call (705)721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520, Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm.