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Classification: Synthetic Opioid
Controlled Substance Act Schedule: I
Other names for Pyro
Pyro is the nickname for the drug N-pyrrolidino etonitazene, a powerful synthetic opioid reportedly 10 times stronger than fentanyl and between 1,000 and 1,500 times stronger than morphine. The synthetic opioid was first reported by Novel Psychoactive Substance (NPS) Discovery in 2021. Its chemical properties closely resemble etonitazene, which is a derivative of Nitazene.
The Center for Forensic Science Research and Education (CFSRE) wrote that Pyro and other drugs with similar chemical properties as fentanyl were being fabricated to create new illegal drugs that would produce the same effects as opioids. When people use opioids, the pills bind to opioid receptors and reduce the amount of pain a person feels. For this reason, opioids have a high potential for abuse and addiction.
Prolonged opioid use can lead to chemical dependency, a process where the user experiences intense cravings or physical withdrawal symptoms when they attempt to limit their usage or quit altogether. Many people use opioids to make the symptoms disappear, which is another sign of addiction that might require a medical detox program to remove the drug from their system safely.
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Prescription opioids are intended to relieve moderate-to-severe pain. Pyro, however, appears to be a synthetic opioid derivative illegally manufactured for drug trafficking.
Pyro is taken by mouth in pill form, which the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office in Colorado said is nearly identical to fentanyl. Pyro pills are light blue with dark blue specks around the pill, have an “m” on one side and |30″ on the other side.
Pyro side effects resemble opioids.
Uncontrolled cravings for Pyro
Unsuccessful attempts to limit usage or quit taking Pyro
Physical, flu-like withdrawal symptoms when limiting usage or quitting altogether
Legal or financial problems
Prioritizing use of Pyro over spending time with family or friends
Use of Pyro despite negative behaviors
Stealing items or money to buy more Pyro
In July 2022, one person in Denver died from a Pyro overdose
Naloxone can be administered to reverse a suspected Pyro overdose