The relative scarcity of fentanyl on the illicit drug market, caused by China banning its production in August of 2019, has caused a new deadly drug to emerge Isotonitazine, known as ISO.
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What is ISO drug?
ISO is a derivative of etonitazene, a synthetic opioid first developed by pharmaceutical companies in the 1950s to treat pain. It is rarely used in the medical community because there are safer options. ISO is highly potent and comes with dangerous side effects.
How dangerous is ISO drug?
ISO is believed to be more potent than fentanyl. People are at least 10x more likely to overdose on ISO than overdose on methadone, which is also an opioid.
A recent article in U.S. News and World Report stated that ISO is causing 40 to 50 overdose deaths per month in the United States (up from about 6 per month in the summer of 2019). It has been detected in the blood of overdose victims in Indiana, Wisconsin and in our backyard in Illinois where, in some cases, it was mixed with cocaine.
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has now reclassified the potent synthetic opioid as a Schedule 1 drug with a high risk of abuse by users.
ISO is even more concerning to health practitioners because it is not easily detected in routine toxicology tests.
Reported side effects of ISO include:
What does ISO look like?
How do you stop ISO addiction?
Because ISO is an opioid, the same treatments that are effective for heroin or fentanyl addiction are the ideal choice for opioid addiction.
(See also the methadone vs. Suboxone article)
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