TAMPA – A new drug 20-100 instances stronger than fentanyl is now making its means into frequent road medication throughout the United States.
Isotonitazene, known as ISO, is creating issues for spring breakers in Florida and even resulting in second-hand overdoses.
Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody issued a warning on ISO earlier this month, as legislation enforcement businesses warned the drug could possibly be driving the current improve in overdose deaths.
“For years, we have been warning about the dangers of fentanyl and how just one pill laced with this synthetic opioid can kill. Now, there is a new, deadlier drug being found in Florida. Isotonitazene … is so strong that it can kill just by coming in contact with someone’s skin or being accidentally inhaled. ISO has already been linked to overdose deaths in Florida, so please, never take any illicit drug and know that using just one time could cost you your life,” Moody mentioned.
ISO is linked to overdose deaths throughout the nation, together with within the Midwest. Mark Geary buried his son unexpectedly in May 2021, after his son ingested a hydrocodone unknowingly laced with ISO.
“He was a son, father, grandpa, uncle. He was just so happy, and he just loved his kids. He loved his family. It will be a year in May. Without family, I would probably be more devastated,” Geary mentioned.
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Jeff Geary’s trigger of dying was initially reported as a fentanyl overdose, however later checks discovered ISO contributed to his dying.
“I never heard of ISO, and she explained it’s a more powerful 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. Now I believe a lot of fentanyl deaths, if they take a second look at it, it’s going to be ISO,” Geary mentioned.
ISO is now rising overdose deaths throughout the nation, based on the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.
“We’re seeing overdose numbers going up. My prediction is that when the medical examiners’ report comes back, we’re going to see that ISO is causing that percentage to go higher for overdose fatalities,” Sheriff Chris Nocco mentioned.
The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office discovered the drug doesn’t all the time reply to Narcan, a medicine that reverses the results of fentanyl and different opioids. Like fentanyl, the drug can also be sparking more unintended overdoses in households — and even legislation enforcement, second-hand.
“We had an instance the other day where a mother and her 14-year-old daughter overdosed. We’re scared for our law enforcement officers, our firefighters, our canines, you know, one time they’re out there trying to save somebody’s life. You know, even just, you know, trying to resuscitate somebody back, you know, can cause them to overdose also,” Nocco mentioned. “You’ve taken a poison, and you magnified it 20 to 100 times. So you’re, you know, basically going to be destroying people the first time they take it.”
According to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), ISO is manufactured in China, shipped to Mexico after which smuggled into the United States.
Geary is sharing his son’s story in hopes of saving one other household from heartbreak.
“I’m putting my son’s story about his death out there to possibly help just one person save someone’s life or save a family from going through what our family is going through,” he mentioned.