Monday 24 July 2017

Boy arrested over suspected U4 drug death

U-47700 is a deadly chemical originally produced as an alternative to morphine. The strong synthetic opioid has been cited as the cause of dozens of deaths across the US. stock image
U-47700 is a deadly chemical originally produced as an alternative to morphine. The strong synthetic opioid has been cited as the cause of dozens of deaths across the US. stock image

Olivia Kelleher

A teenager has been arrested in connection with the supply of the synthetic drug, U4, which may have caused the death of a 16-year-old boy in Cork city.

Michael Cornacchia was found dead at his home in Deerpark, on the southside of Cork city, on Monday morning.

A post-mortem examination has been carried out, and gardaí are awaiting the results of toxicology reports. The results could take several weeks to come back.

A teenage boy was arrested in connection with the death on Tuesday. He was detained by gardaí at the Bridewell Station in Cork in connection with the possible supply of U4.

He was released without charge pending a file to the DPP.

Meanwhile, gardaí investigating the death believe that Mr Cornacchia may have taken the drug U4.

The drug is cheap but poses a major health risk to users.

U-47700 is a deadly chemical originally produced as an alternative to morphine. The strong synthetic opioid has been cited as the cause of dozens of deaths across the US.

The drug was developed in a lab in the 1970s by pharmaceutical company Upjohn.

Irish Independent

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