‘Purple heroin’ tied to string of overdoses in Michigan, officials warn


A potent new drug cocktail known as “purple heroin” has been tied to a string of overdoses and at least one death, Michigan health officials warned.

The substance — which gets its name from being purple in color — is mixed with synthetic opioid fentanyl and a new drug named brorphine, which is believed to be as powerful, the Detriot Free Press reported.

“Not many people know about it. It was a surprise to us as well,” Varun Vohra, a director of the Michigan Poison Center at Wayne State University, told the outlet.

Brorphine is not detectable in blood tests, but it’s understood to be 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine, the outlet reported.

Purple heroin also consists of cetaminophen, which is found in Tylenol; flualprazolam, an illegal sedative similar to Xanax; buspirone, an anti-anxiety medication; and niacinamide, which is a form of Vitamin B, according to the report.

Health officials said the drug cocktail has been responsible for a wave of overdoses in the Upper Peninsula and a death in Van Buren County, news station WWMT reported.

“We want to try to get ahead of it to make sure … it’s not making its way down the state,” Vohra said.

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