Police warning of dangerous new substances used to lace heroin, fentanyl


Law enforcement officials in northern Ohio are warning police agencies throughout the state about two substances dealers are using to lace heroin and fentanyl -- a powder called "Rizzy" and an analgesic substance called Bromadol. 

>> Read more trending news 

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.

“A lot of times, unfortunately, that's the way we find out" about substances used to "cut" or "stretch" narcotics, Brem 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. 

>> Related: What is fentanyl?

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. Additionally, officials with a florist company told a reporter they had no knowledge of a product known as Rizzy being used in the floral industry. 

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 he formulation. 

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. 

 >> Related: 7 consequences of the opioid epidemic

Brem said if Bromadol comes to Dayton, it may be cut a couple of times before it gets here and the drug trafficker who's in the Dayton area can cut that as well. 

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."


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Nation & World

North Korea’s Kim Jung Un, South Korean president meet Saturday in surprise visit to Demilitarized Zone
North Korea’s Kim Jung Un, South Korean president meet Saturday in surprise visit to Demilitarized Zone

The leaders of North Korea and South Korea met for a second time in a surprise visit Saturday. South Korean president Moon Jae-in held the second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the demilitarized zone between the two countries, according to the Blue House, South Korea’s official media source. >> Read more trending news ...
Alicia Silverstone files for divorce from husband of 20 years, Christopher Jarecki
Alicia Silverstone files for divorce from husband of 20 years, Christopher Jarecki

Three months after they confirmed their separation, actor Alicia Silverstone and her musician husband, Christopher Jarecki, are divorcing. According to documents obtained by The Blast, Silverstone filed for divorce Friday, citing irreconcilable differences. She requested joint legal and physical custody of the couple’s 7-year-old son, Bear...
Hugh Grant marries producer Anna Eberstein, reports say
Hugh Grant marries producer Anna Eberstein, reports say

Actor and longtime bachelor Hugh Grant is a married man. According to Reuters, citing British tabloid reports, the 57-year-old married Swedish television producer Anna Eberstein, 39. >> Read more trending news  People reported Grant married the mother of three of his children -- John Mungo, 5, a 2-year-old daughter, and a third child born...
Man upset over 97-cent coffee throws it at McDonald’s manager, police say
Man upset over 97-cent coffee throws it at McDonald’s manager, police say

Police in Lacey, Washington, are asking the public to help identify a man who they say threw hot coffee at a McDonald’s manager Friday morning.  Investigators with the Lacey Police Department said a man walked into the restaurant and ordered a cup of coffee, but was upset over the 97-cent price. >> Read more trending...
Elementary school principal praised for helping serve breakfast to students
Elementary school principal praised for helping serve breakfast to students

A principal at Dr. Martha Mead Elementary School is getting praise after she was photographed helping serve breakfast to her students. KSAT reported that Principal Annette Lopez stepped into action when she was told that the cafeteria would be short staffed Thursday. Many employees were out on sick leave. >> Read more trending news ...
More Stories