A synthetic opioid known as “pink” is legal in most states, even though it is almost eight times stronger than morphine, CNN reports.
The drug, also known as U-47700, is responsible for dozens of deaths nationwide, the article notes.
Adam Kline, Police Chief of White Lake, Michigan, told CNN the drug can be legally purchased on the “dark web” in the form of a powder, pill or nasal spray.
Last month, the Drug Enforcement Administration told NBC News it is aware of confirmed deaths associated with the drug in New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas and Wisconsin.
The drug, along with other synthetic opioids, is being shipped into the United States from China and other countries.
A new Gallup poll finds 60 percent of American adults believe marijuana should be legal.
A recent study released by the Pew Research Center found 57 percent of U.S. adults say they support legalizing marijuana.
In 1969, only 12 percent of Americans supported marijuana legalization, according to Gallup. Support for legalization has risen among almost every demographic group in the past decade, according to The Washington Post.
Almost 80 percent of young adults ages 18 to 34 favor legalization, up from 44 percent in 2005.
Five states—California, Arizona, Massachusetts, Maine and Nevada—will vote on marijuana legalization in November. Marijuana is legal for personal use in Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Alaska and the District of Columbia.