Florida warns of new drug much more powerful than fentanyl
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TAMPA – A new drug 20-100 times stronger than fentanyl is now making its way into common street drugs across the United States.
Isotonitazene, referred to as ISO, is creating problems for spring breakers in Florida and even leading to second-hand overdoses.
Florida AttorneyGeneral Ashley Moody issued a warning about ISO earlier in the month. Law enforcement agencies warned that the drug could be contributing to the recent rise in overdose deaths.
” For years, we have warned about the dangers posed by fentanyl. One pill containing this synthetic opioid can cause death. Florida now has a new, more deadly drug. Isotonitazene… can kill if it comes in contact with skin or accidentally inhaled. Overdose deaths from ISO have been reported in Florida. “Please, do not take ISO.
ISO is linked to overdose deaths across the country, including in the Midwest. Mark Geary buried his son unexpectedly in May 2021, after his son ingested a hydrocodone unknowingly laced with ISO.
“He was father, grandfather, uncle, and son. He was so happy and loved his children. He loved his family. It will be one year in May. Geary stated that if it wasn’t for my family, I would be even more devastated.” Jeff Geary’s death was initially attributed to a fentanyl overdose. However, tests later revealed that ISO played a role in his death.
” I had never heard of ISO. She explained that it is a stronger drug than fentanyl. I believe that this is going to be the new fentanyl, like fentanyl was to heroin … where they thought it was heroin killing people, and it ended up being fentanyl. Geary stated that a lot of fentanyl-related deaths are now going to be ISO. According to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office, ISO is causing an increase in overdose deaths across the nation.
“We’re seeing overdose numbers going up. Sheriff Chris Nocco stated that overdose deaths are on the rise and that the medical examiners will report back.
The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office discovered that the drug doesn’t always respond well to Narcan, which is a medication that reverses opioid effects. The drug, like fentanyl is causing more accidental overdoses in families and law enforcement.
The DEA states that Narcan is not always effective against Isotonitazene. Narcan can reverse the effects fentanyl, but it may take several doses to reverse ISO.
“We had an instance the other day where a mother and her 14-year-old daughter overdosed. We are worried for our firefighters, law enforcement officers, and canines. They all go out trying to save lives. Nocco stated that even trying to revive someone back can lead to them overdosing. “You’ve taken a poison, and you magnified it 20 to 100 times. You’re basically going to destroy people the first time you take it.
According to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), ISO is manufactured in China, shipped to Mexico and then smuggled into the United States.
According to DEA reports, ISO was manufactured in China and shipped to Mexico before being smuggled into America.
Geary is sharing his son’s story in hopes of saving another family from heartbreak. “I’m sharing my son’s story about him dying in an effort to save someone’s life, or save a family going through what we are going through,” he said.
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