RICHARD A. JORGENSEN, MD, FACS
DU PAGE COUNTY, ILLINOIS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, August 13, 2020
Contact: Richard Jorgensen MD
Dr. Richard Jorgensen, DuPage County Coroner Warns Of Two New Street Drugs
PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT
Dr. Richard Jorgensen, DuPage County Coroner, wishes to
inform the public of the occurrence of two new street drugs in the area. These
drugs are Flualprazolam and Isotonitazene. The DuPage Coroner’s Office has
investigated eleven (11) deaths involving Flualprazolam and four (4) to Isotonitazene. These are new and dangerous
Information about these drugs are:
Flualprazolam is a benzodiazepine derivative and
has sedative and anxiolytic effects. It was first synthesized in 1976 but not
presented to the FDA for approval and was never marketed. It has subsequently
been sold as a designer drug.
A thorough expert and scientific report from the World
Health Organization can be found below:
Isotonitazene is a potent synthetic opioid
analgesic commonly referred to as "iso.". This drug is in the family
of benzimidazole opioids and is derived from another drug called Etonitazene,
which is a powerful pain medication. Estimated
at 1000x as potent as Morphine the potency of this drug is similar or greater
than fentanyl and is a Schedule I controlled substance (No accepted medical
Isotonitazene has no current approved clinical use and has a
high rate of addiction. The drug is an off-white or white powder and is often
pressed into counterfeit opioid pills that may have a M or an 8 stamped one
side and to look like Oxycodone or 8mg Dilaudid (hydromorphone) tablet. The symptoms
of use are similar to opioids in general. Isotonitazene is considered one of
the most persistent and prevalent new opioids.
Narcan can be used, but multiple doses may need to be
administered. The potency of isotonitazene may require more than a usual dose
of naloxone to reverse the opioid overdose.
Further information about the drug and placement on Schedule
1 at DEA site below.
In summary these drugs are on the scene and very dangerous. Please
be aware of their presence and beware of their dangers.