CFSRE’s Dr. Barry Logan gave a presentation at NIST (National Institute for Standard and Technology) on the ever-changing landscape of NPS and how NMS Labs and CFSRE are counteracting changes in illicit drug markets.

“In terms of our ultimate objective,” Logan told the experts at the recent NIST gathering, “we’re really all working on the same thing — improvement in the quality of life and civil society — and both are certainly impacted by the opioid crisis.” Logan noted the difficulty of “rapidly responding to changes in the drug market to help educate first responders, drug use communities, and people at risk of harm.” There is a critical need to educate medical professionals so they can recognize and properly treat a person suffering from a drug overdose — be it fentanyl, an analogue substance, heroin, another new drug, or a combination of drugs, he said.

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