Mathis Boivin, a 15-year-old Boy from Montreal, was Killed by a Drug More Potent than Fentanyl

Last Updated on January 6, 2024, 4:59 am

“It’s Poison”, says Christian Boivin, father of the teen who passed away after taking a single dose of Isotonitazene. He now warns youth to beware

Mathis Boivin Dead
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Mathis Boivin, a 15-year-old boy from Montreal, died after taking a single dose of Isotonitazene, a synthetic opioid considered more potent than fentanyl. His father, Christian Boivin, is now warning others to beware.

What happened to Mathis Boivin?

Mathis Boivin passed away after taking a single dose of isotonitazene on December 21, 2023, before bed. His family found him lifeless the next morning after his alarm went off, but he didn’t wake up.

His heartbroken father is speaking out and warning others to beware. He took to social media and posted about the incident on Thursday,

“I found out what took our handsome Mathis,” he wrote, “he thought he was taking oxycontin.”

But Mathis mistakenly took Isotonitazene, a synthetic opioid considered more potent than fentanyl. “A pill that is deadly to someone who’s never taken that type of drug, he got poisoned.”

Now Christian is sharing his son’s tragic story in the hopes that “it does not happen to others.”

“It’s poison, if we don’t talk about that, it could be another one,” he said. “I want to spread the word that it’s dangerous that we don’t want them to try that.”

Mathis’s funeral was held on Friday, December 5, 2024. His friends and family wrote heartfelt messages on his casket.

What is Isotonitazene?

Isotonitazene is a synthetic opioid believed to be more potent than fentanyl. It is a dangerous drug which is associated with a high risk of overdose and is regularly detected in street drugs, including pills and powders.

Montreal Public Health Department (DRSP) issued an Overdose Alert in November 2020 after the drug had been circulating, which appears to look like oxycodone but actually contains isotonitazene. The drug has been found in autopsies of 14 people since August 2020.

Mathis’s Family Fights Back

Mathis Boivin’s family has reported his death to the SPVM in the hopes of having the drug dealer arrested and getting some answers. Police are investigating the case.

“It’s like a murder,” His father, Christian Boivin, spoke with a local news channel on his funeral, “but if they can just seize 100 pills, it’s 100 pills that is not on the market.”

“I have to say to people that talk with your kids, be sure they know what happened to Mathis because if I can save one life, it will be a win for me.”


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