Moorhead police: New synthetic opioid U-47700 may have played role in apparent overdose death
MOORHEAD, Minn. – Like a lot of people, Will and Kristi Sauvageau had never heard of U-47700. They had no idea that it’s a synthetic opioid eight times more powerful than morphine. They weren’t aware that it’s made in foreign labs and sold over the internet.
And they didn’t know their 26-year-old son, Adam, was mixed up with it. Only after he was found dead at his north Moorhead home did they learn about U-47700.
“This is a scary drug,” said Lt. Brad Penas of the Moorhead Police Department. “This is not a drug that’s necessarily new to the United States, but it’s maybe new to our area.”