(ConcernedPatriot.com) – State officials are raising the alarm about the appearance of hazardous “Frankenstein” opioids, which are more potent than fentanyl and are swiftly spreading throughout the country.
Ashley Moody, the attorney general of Florida, is advocating for new legislation to include “nitazene compounds,” also referred to as “Frankenstein” opioids, on the state’s Schedule I list of controlled substances.
This classification would identify the drugs as having a high potential for abuse and no recognized medical use.
“Last week, Moody spoke to Fox News Digital, saying, “The hazardous nitazene compounds were temporarily added to the Schedule I prohibited substance list under an emergency rule that I approved last year. I am happy to declare that I support SB 736, which will indefinitely add these incredibly lethal medications to the Schedule I list.”
“Years ago, I issued a warning about the lethal potential of one fentanyl-laced pill, but with some of these nitazene compounds, the message has changed to one pill will kill. All Floridians should be made aware that using any illegal substance only once could result in their death,” she said.
Last year, I signed an emergency rule temporarily adding nitazenes, also known as Frankenstein opioids, to FL’s list of Schedule I controlled substances. This legislative session, I will work with lawmakers to permanently ban these deadly drugs.https://t.co/ivNpV9NBGj pic.twitter.com/mmasmT1mGh
— AG Ashley Moody (@AGAshleyMoody) February 23, 2023
According to Moody’s office, substances like isotonitazene, also called “ISO,” are “much more potent than fentanyl.”
In Florida, nitazene incidents were first noted in 2020. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement pointed out 140 cases of narcotics being discovered in the state in 2022. There have been 34 incidents thus far in 2023.
The nitazene compounds, which come in various forms, including powder, liquid, and counterfeit pills, are frequently found combined with other narcotics, including fentanyl, cocaine, heroin, and others, creating a lethal combination.
Ohio initially issued a warning about substances last April that could be up to “40 times” as potent as fentanyl.
Attorney General of Ohio Dave Yost remarked,
“Frankenstein opioids are even more dangerous than the substances presently responsible for so many overdose deaths.” “These new risks must be taken seriously by law enforcement and the general public.”
According to reports, nitazene medicines have been discovered nationwide, from San Francisco to the mid-Atlantic.
Jason Miyares, the attorney general of Virginia, told Fox News Digital that if action isn’t taken right away, “Frankenstein” opioids will have a “devastating” impact on Virginians.
Miyares said, “It is no secret that the opioid epidemic has ruined communities across the country, including several towns in Virginia. The newest variety of opioids, known as “Frankenstein” drugs, are even more deadly than the extremely lethal and potent fentanyl and will undoubtedly have disastrous effects on Virginians if we do not act quickly and decisively.”
In addition to continuing the “One Pill Can Kill” campaign across the state, Miyares leads a coalition of 21 state attorneys calling the Biden administration to designate drug cartels as “Foreign Terrorist Organizations.”
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) warned about the rise of “ISO,” in particular to citizens of the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area in June 2022.
“This hazardous substance was first discovered in the Midwest in 2019 and has since spread to the Southern states and, more recently, down the Eastern seaboard.
ISO is sold as other drugs and is mixed with them to increase their potency and reduce the cost of production. It is more potent than heroin and morphine (which is similar to fentanyl).”
The DEA cautioned that the substance “may and has resulted in fatal overdoses in unsuspecting victims.”
Although nitazene instances are “still relatively rare,” the organization also stated that law enforcement officials advise authorities and the general public to watch for the appearance of these chemicals.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that a record-breaking 108,000 Americans died from overdoses in 2022.
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