Sounds Like: met.oh.NIT.uh.zeen
Controlled Substance Act Schedule: I
Other names for Metonitazene
Metonitazene has been estimated to be about 100 times as potent as morphine using central routes of administration. If administered orally, however, it has been found to be about ten times as powerful as morphine.
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Metonitazene is a novel psychoactive substance (NPS) and a newly discovered, powerful synthetic opioid. It was first discovered in 1957, but it remained under the radar until recently. It started to get attention in 2020 and was added to the rapidly growing list of NPS synthetic opioids. Its rise to prominence began with a series of death investigations all over the U.S. and even in other parts of the world as part of the illicit, recreational drug inventory. It has no known additional, medical value.
Metonitazene is typically administered orally. It comes in the form of a tablet much like its individual components.
Metonitazene’s effects are similar to those of fentanyl and heroin. The same can be said of its adverse effects. This is due the fact that these synthetic opioids are all very similar, and users popularize them specifically for their parallels to heroin. This drug hasn’t ever been presented as a legally prescribed pharmacotherapy due to its high potential for causing both dependency and the aforementioned adverse effects, which include vomiting and respiratory depression to a fatal extent.
Constant thoughts about the drug between uses
Inability to comply with doctor-recommended use parameters
General, physical discomfort unrelated to original pain during lapses long periods without metonitazene
Prioritizing use over spending time with family or friends
Lab reports suggest it might be stronger than fentanyl, the most infamous of the new-wave NPS opioids.
Tennessee is the state with the most metonitazene activity reported by law enforcement.