Two New Worries: Heroin & Fentanyl Being Laced with Rizzy & Bromadol

Law enforcement officials in northern Ohio are warning police agencies throughout the state about two substances dealers are using to lace heroin and fentanyl. It’s a powder called "Rizzy" and an analgesic substance called Bromadol. Rizzy is believed to cause flesh to rot and Bromadol is so powerful that specific side effects are not known. "Unfortunately, we find out after the fact, after somebody uses," Capt. Mike Brem, with the Montgomery County Sheriff's RANGE Task Force, said. "There's not a recovery agent such as Narcan that's going to bring you back from this kind of thing," Brem said.

Rizzy, supposedly used to dye flower petals, causes what appear to be skin necrosis to the drug injection area. This determination was made after the arrest of a 25-year-old man by police in Alliance, Ohio, in early January. The man, who said he was a heroin addict, said his injuries were caused by injecting heroin laced with Rizzy. Law enforcement agencies have been receiving safety bulletins because of uncertainty about the powder's true nature because those agencies have found research that suggests Rizzy is not used to dye flower petals.

A north central Ohio drug enforcement unit called METRICH recently purchased Bromadol, an analgesic similar to an opioid, dropped it onto a Tylenol pill and found it to be extremely hazardous. According to the RANGE task force and the METRICH unit, various studies have shown that Bromadol, which has not been tested on humans, is estimated to be 30 to 10,000 times as potent as morphine, depending on the formulation. "It's very, very disturbing," said Police Sergeant Michael Yarian. "It's so new that we're not even sure what all the dangers are yet."

Law enforcement personnel are being encouraged to wear protective gloves on all searches, to avoid contact with Bromadol, because the chemical can be absorbed through the skin. To compound the drug problem with Rizzy and Bromadol, Brem said law enforcement also is seeing the sale of cocaine laced with fentanyl. "Unfortunately," Brem said, "the addiction part of this disease is so strongly driven that you don't necessarily think just because it's going to eat some of my flesh that I’m not going to do it today."

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  • I really don't know where people get off on lacing already dangerous drugs with even more dangerous drugs. The people that do this must have incredibly sick and twisted minds. It's things like this that make me wonder about legalizing and regulating all drugs. At least then they would be "safer." It's such a crazy world. *sigh*
  • They have no conscience and only care about making money. I assume these are cheap “fillers” as with fentanyl, it’s added to Heroine because it’s so cheap and so strong that the serious users will like it and want more... it’s terrible, sick and sad especially when some users will be more inclined to purchase a bag that someone OD’d on than not (I heard a dealer used that tactic and ended up selling more & larger amounts).
    I think legalizing and regulating would be a positive decision as well and would save lives. My only concern is government regulated would probably be significantly more expensive so they can tax it. Perfect example is marijuana. It’s already quite expensive through dispensaries but it hasn’t even become legalized yet...
    The stuff that is put into drugs these days is awful but the guys stepping on it with fentanyl, caffeine, other buffing agents to increase profits don’t care even slightly.
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