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Health authorities are warning a potent opioid, isotonitazene, has been detected in drugs in a yellow powder form on the NSW Central Coast. The drug may be related to recent deaths which are under investigation.
NSW Health Pathology’s Forensic & Analytical Science Service has collaborated with NSW Health, NSW Police and NSW Poisons Information Centre to release the latest drug warning.
Medical Director of the NSW Poisons Information Centre, A/Prof Darren Roberts, said drugs containing a potent opioid such as isotonitazene can cause unexpected and severe overdose or death.
Nitazenes can be as strong, or stronger than fentanyl and may be more likely to affect breathing than other opioids.
NSW Health Pathology’s Illicit Drug Analysis and Forensic Toxicology teams work every day to keep the community safe by conducting expert analysis of blood, urine and oral fluid samples as well as testing illicit drugs seized by police.
Their work supports the health and justice systems and contributes to public health alerts such as this.
For more information, see public drug warnings published on the NSW Health website.