More powerful and deadly than fentanyl: what you need to know about the new street drug

President of the Florida Chapter of the Foundation for a Drug-Free World, Julieta Santagostino, conducts an anti-drug education seminar using the Foundation’s educational materials for students.

Veteran anti-drug educator Julieta Santagostino explains what you need to know about the new “ISO” drug.

CLEARWATER, FLORIDA, USA, April 14, 2022 / — “The main thing to know about new drugs like ISO (isotonitazene) is that other drugs can be mixed with it,” says Julieta Santagostino, president of the Florida Drug Free Foundation chapter based in Clearwater, Florida. “It’s already done frequently with fentanyl to make other drugs more potent.” Any street drug could have an ISO added without the knowledge of the buyer.

ISO is a synthetic opioid that is about 20 to 100 times stronger than fentanyl according to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office. “Isotonitazene, also known as ISO, is so potent that it can kill simply by coming into contact with someone’s skin or being accidentally inhaled,” Florida Attorney General Ashley said. Moody’s in a statement in March this year. According to the Pinellas County Opioid Task Force, one person dies every 26 hours from an opioid-related overdose in Pinellas County.

Testing by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Crime Lab found ISO has been found in multiple Florida counties since 2020.

To strengthen drug prevention efforts, says Santagostino, “it’s also important to understand what a drug is and how it works. When I do seminars with children, I always ask them if they know the answer. She says many of these students respond with concrete examples based on what they’ve heard and seen among their friends and family.

The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office says signs of an ISO overdose include blue or purple lips and fingernails, difficulty breathing, clammy skin, loss of consciousness, drowsiness, vomiting and “pinned” pupils. The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office said these symptoms can occur within minutes of exposure.
If you think someone is overdosing on ISO, call 911.

About the Foundation for a Drug-Free World:

The Foundation for a Drug-Free World is a non-profit public benefit corporation that empowers young people and adults with factual information about drugs so they can make informed decisions and live drug-free. Through a global network of volunteers, 50 million drug prevention brochures have been distributed and tens of thousands of drug awareness events have been held in some 180 countries. The Church of Scientology is one of the foundation’s sponsors, allowing the foundation’s The Truth About Drugs brochures, educational guides, and documentaries to reach people around the world. With sponsorship from the Church of Scientology, “The Truth About Drugs” public service announcements aired on more than 500 television stations. Humanitarian L. Ron Hubbard said, “Drugs rob life of the feelings and joys that are the only reason to live anyway.

Stephanie Klimke
Florida Drug Free Foundation
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