In the midst of heroin epidemic, enters new drug dubbed ‘Grey Death’

Florida, shaken to the core by an unprecedented heroin overdose epidemic, may now have to grapple with a brand new deadly opioid mixture dubbed “Grey Death” that utilizes several opioids and looks like concrete.

Mixing  opioids are not new, but West Palm Beach CBS affiliate, Channel 12, calls this particular concoction “the deadliest drug yet.”  It’s already killed people in Georgia and Alabama and it’s heading our way.

When it comes to designer drugs, Martin County seems to be a magnet and Sheriff William Snyder is well aware.

In August, a 19-year-old man high on a bath salt-like drug smashed through the front plate-glass window of a family’s Stuart home and attacked two people, police said.

Snyder says Grey Death looks consists of heroin, fentanyl and other opioids.

“They don’t call it gray death for any other reason other than the fact that it can definitely cause death,” Sheriff Snyder told CBS12.com.

“My prayer is that we never see it here, my expectation is the likelihood is we will see it here in Martin County,” Sheriff Snyder said.

The new drug mixture can be injected, smoked, snorted or swallowed. Snyder has ordered special gear for his deputies when they encounter Gray Death and other strong opioids that can be deadly simply by touching it.

“They will be able to cover all their body, hands, and feet and it will protect them so when they come out of that scene they can take it off, decontaminate and be safe,” Sheriff Snyder said

Read The Palm Beach Post’s coverage of designer drugs by clicking here and the heroin epidemic by clicking here.

 

Lawsuit contains new allegations of sexual assault by doctor

Another patient has come forward and accused an Orlando doctor forced to give up his license of sexual assault.

Dr. Gopal Basisht was profiled in The Palm Beach Post’s investigation on physicians accused of molesting their patients.

The Florida Department of Health in June accepted Basisht’s ermanent relinquishment of his license to practice medicine. The Post discovered, though, that it took nearly four years for the state to act after the initial complaint.

A new lawsuit filed by patient Lauren Kusner says Basisht committed sexual battery during an appointment in February. She says Basisht, a rheumatologist, told her to lay down and massaged her breasts and her genitals.

When a sobbing Kusner tried to leave the office,  Basisht put his arms around her and said, “I love you,” the lawsuit alleges.

Kusner’s attorney Adam Horowitz provided evidence that there have been more than a half dozen sexual assault complaints lodged by patients with law enforcement against Dr. Basisht

 

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It took four years from the time a patient said she was molested by Dr. Gopal Basisht to when he officially gave up his medical license in June.

The Health Department’s administrative accused Basisht of sexually assaulting two adult female patients at his rheumatology practice. Basisht denied any wrongdoing to an Orlando television station.

One of his alleged victims, Astrid Ebner, testified to the Board of Medicine that Basisht groped her genitals during an exam on June 5, 2012.

“What happened to me was absolutely atrocious,” she testified. “He was harming me physically and he was getting a kick out of it. … I know he would continue to do this if he has a chance.”

To read The Palm Beach Post’s full investigation on doctors accused of molesting their patients click here.