January 2022 

Despite the global COVID-19 pandemic, the opioid epidemic persists and seems to be worsening. Forensic experts have found that the syringes used in some recent overdoses contained a potent synthetic opioid class called "nitazenes"which is up to 20 times more powerful than fentanyl. Remember, fentanyl is 50 times more powerful than heroin and 80 to 100 times more powerful than morphine. Nitazene was created over 60 years ago as a potential pain relief medication, but they were never approved for clinical use in the United States.

There has been a substantial increase in drug related deaths over the past 12 months, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A 29% increase in deaths from 2019 to 2020, many of these deaths involve fentanyl use or mixing it with a drug such as cocaine or methamphetamines. Currently, the extent of nitazenes use has yet to be fully understood. For more information on nitazenes, click on the below link.

New Opioids called Nitazenes may be 20 times stronger than Fentanyl