A new drug named brorphine has been sweeping the Midwest as well as the South. The potent drug has never been available for manufacture; however, it appears that a manufacturer has decided to create and sell the drug illicitly.
Brorphine is nearly twice as powerful as fentanyl. Fentanyl is a potent drug usually reserved for trauma victims and surgery. Fentanyl is almost one hundred times as strong as heroin. A casual drug user with a low or moderate tolerance to opioids would likely overdose on brorphine easily.
Where Did Brorphine Come From?
According to the United Nations, Brophine was first detected in overdose deaths seven times between June and July 2020. Authorities say that the overdoses also contained fentanyl, flualprazolam, and heroin. (This makes it impossible to implicate one specific drug in the deaths.)
Brorphine has often been found alongside isotonitazene, another synthetic opioid often sold at raves and clubs as a designer drug. This suggests the two drugs are being marketed together.
Between brorphine and isotonitazene, the US has recorded three hundred overdoses on these drugs. It appears, however, that brophine is replacing isotonitazene as a favorite street drug.
Many of the drugs sold on the internet or street come from overseas. China has been told to crack down on the illegal manufacture and sales of generic Oxycontin and fentanyl. It’s possible that the unregulated pharmaceutical companies found a loophole to export lesser-known, more deadly drugs.
In Indiana, the drug is usually sold as a pill or is an adulterant in other drugs such as meth, heroin, or cocaine.
Brorphine Isn’t Safe
“The difference is the potency. The Brorphine is more potent, and it can also cause cardiac dysrhythmias and sudden cardiac death,” explained Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood.
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