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Florida Drug Defense Attorney > Blog > Drug Crime Defense > How Scary Is Isotonitazene From A Medical And Legal Perspective?

How Scary Is Isotonitazene From A Medical And Legal Perspective?


Baby Boomers remember a time when heroin was considered the ultimate drug, the most intoxicating substance known to man.  The book Wired describes how, on the set of Saturday Night Live in the 1970s, the cast considered cocaine and marijuana good clean fun, and John Belushi just happened to enjoy these fun substances even more than most people did; it was when Belushi expressed a desire to try heroin, that was when his friends really began to worry.  After the pill mills closed, a resurgence of heroin use cast a shadow over the main routes of the Florida Shuffle.  For several years, though, fentanyl has had a virtually undisputed claim to the title of world’s most dangerous drug.  Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is about twice as powerful as heroin and 100 times as strong as morphine.  In the past three years, though, research has emerged on a new synthetic opioid that is even stronger than fentanyl.  Like fentanyl, the new drug, isotonitazene, is usually sold as a mixture with other drugs, often unbeknownst to the buyers and sometimes even to the sellers.  If you are facing criminal charges related to a powerful synthetic opioid, contact a Florida drug offense attorney.

How Potent Is Isotonitazene?

The Florida Attorney General’s website warns Floridians of the dangers of isotonitazene, a synthetic opioid that has been linked to several 2021 overdose deaths in Pasco County but may be responsible for many more.  It says that isotonitazene is 20 to 100 times stronger than fentanyl and that fatal overdoses can occur even if your skin accidentally makes contact with isotonitazene.  Wikipedia, however, describes it as only slightly more potent than fentanyl.  This difference could be due to the fact that the studies cited by the two websites use different methodology.  Even if isotonitazene is only a little bit stronger than fentanyl, it is plenty dangerous, and a few grains of it mixed in with what you thought was cocaine or meth can kill.

What Is the Legal Status of Isotonitazene?

After the publication of papers of isotonitazene’s potency and reports of overdose deaths from several states, the federal government hastened to classify isotonitazene as a Schedule I controlled substance; it has held this status since 2020.  This means that it has no legally accepted medical uses.  Therefore, the legal consequences for possession of isotonitazene are similar to the legal consequences for possession of heroin.  Likewise, if you provide drugs to someone and they die from an overdose, you can get charged with drug-induced manslaughter, even if you did not know how strong the drugs were.

Contact FL Drug Defense Group About Criminal Charges Related to Synthetic Opioids

You never know what the counterfeit prescription pills you bought from the Internet actually contain.  A Central Florida criminal defense lawyer can help you if you are being charged with possession of synthetic opioids such as fentanyl or isotonitazene.  Contact FL Drug Defense Group in Orlando, Florida to discuss your case.



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