Two Park City teens’ deaths were caused by synthetic opioid ‘Pink’: police

Two Park City teens’ deaths were caused by synthetic opioid ‘Pink’: police

The deaths of two teens in the Utah ski-resort town of Park City in September were caused by “acute drug intoxication” from a synthetic opioid known as “Pink,” local police officials confirmed on Thursday.

Park City Police officials said in a press release that toxicology tests conducted by the Utah Medical Examiner’s Office revealed that that both teens died from the synthetic opioid Pink, which is also known as U-47700.

The two victims were indentified as Grant Seaver and Ryan Ainsworth, both 13. Seaver was found dead on September 11, while Ainsworth died on September 13. Each died at his respective home. They were friends and both attended Park city’s Treasure Mountain Junior High School.

Police officials also confirmed that a 15-year-old Park City boy has been taken into custody and charged in connection with the two boys' deaths. He is due in 3rd District Juvenile Court on Friday this week.

However, the accused teenager isn’t facing charges directly related to the two boys’ deaths. Instead, he has been charged with 2nd-degree felony distribution of a controlled substance and misdemeanor reckless endangerment.

The controlled substance in question has reportedly caused more than four dozen deaths nationwide, including two in Salt Lake and Iron counties. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has temporarily classified the substance as an illegal Schedule 1 drug, saying it will avoid an imminent hazard to the public.

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