‘Just one pill can kill’: Florida AG, parents of addicts sound the alarm over new ‘apocalyptic’ drug

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(Video Credit: FL Attorney General Ashley Moody)

Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody and the parents of addicts are warning that a new “apocalyptic” synthetic drug called ISO is incredibly deadly and is at least 20 times stronger than fentanyl with the real possibility that just one pill can kill those taking it.

Moody warned in March that ISO is most likely behind the skyrocketing number of drug overdoses in Florida. “Isotonitazene,” she noted, “is so strong that it can kill just by coming in contact with someone’s skin or being accidentally inhaled.”

She warned in a public service announcement, “Just one pill, can kill.”

“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,” she said, according to Patch.

(Video Credit: Fox 5 New York)

Parents of addicts fear for their children with the introduction of the deadly drug. Mark Geary had no idea what the drug was until it was too late for his son who tragically overdosed on the opiate last year.

All he has left now is his son’s ashes he keeps in a small urn that has the Kansas City Chiefs logo on it. “They were Jeff’s favorite team,” the grieving father who is a retiree in Northern California told the New York Post. “He bought what he thought was hydrocodone from a so-called friend at work. But it actually had ISO in it and that is what killed him.”

ISO is a synthetic drug that is being substituted more and more for bootleg valium or oxycontin. It’s also being sold as hydrocodone. The drug is cheaper and therefore more attractive to counterfeiters and drug dealers. It is reportedly easy to buy in bulk. A simple Google search shows it being sold through a Chinese company, with 24/7 customer service, selling 10 grams for just $450 according to the media outlet.

“I hate the guy who sold it to Jeff,” Geary bluntly charged. “I never knew there was a black market where a pill looks like the real thing and is laced with this horrible stuff.”

It took Geary three months to find out exactly what killed his son.

The drug is not always fatal and a person can develop a tolerance for it. Most buyers have no idea, however, that they are purchasing the Russian-roulette drug. Just two milligrams of fentanyl can kill and ISO is far worse, according to the DEA.

“It’s dangerous because people don’t know the dosage and [counterfeit pills] are illicitly made,” Bruce Goldberger, who is a professor at the University of Florida College of Medicine, told the New York Post.

“You get raw [ISO] and use it as the active ingredient in counterfeit pills,” Goldberger noted. “Somebody would put in filler [various inactive products], add ISO, put it into a pill press — which is cheap to buy — and press it into high-value pills.”

“These are not being made in labs,” Brandon del Pozo, who is a former NYPD deputy inspector and current research fellow at the medical school of Brown University, also told the New York Post. “They’re often being mixed in blenders and made on kitchen tables. Every pill and all the powders can be different in terms of exactly what they contain.”

“It was developed in the 1950s as chemical research for treating pain,” explained Cameron McNamee, the director of policy and communication for the Ohio Board of Pharmacy, to the media outlet. “ISO got abandoned because there are more efficacious drugs out there. Maybe [ISO] was too potent or there were too many adverse reactions.”

“It came to our attention in 2020 when we saw deaths from ISO in the Midwest,” he remarked, noting that the drug has resurfaced in Europe.

“The cartels found a receptive audience in states hit by the opioid crisis,” McNamee commented.

ISO is now reportedly being added to cocaine as well.

McNamee said, “We’re seeing cocaine deaths increase because the drug is being adulterated with ISO or fentanyl.”

“Your typical cocaine users do not believe that opioids apply to them,” he stated. “Cocaine users are naïve about opiates.”

Jacqui Berlinn, a co-founder of Mothers Against Drug Deaths and the mother of an opioid-addicted son named Corey, is terrified of the drug.

“My son is an addict in San Francisco,” Berlinn told the New York Post in an interview. “Eighteen months ago, dealers begin putting fentanyl into heroin and now he can’t even get heroin at all. It’s all fentanyl; I never thought I’d hear myself saying that I prefer him doing heroin. The possibility that ISO will start popping up next is scary. If he goes back to his dealer and starts getting ISO, it could hit him harder than fentanyl and the dealer will not warn him. It could shut down his respiratory system.”

“If the producers can manipulate a drug to be stronger for a cheaper price, they will. It’s all about money, not about safety or anything. It is about making the drug cheaper and stronger. That is all anyone cares about. It’s apocalyptic,” she warned.


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