November 12, 2021

New Opioids - Ten Times the Strength of Fentanyl - Create Battleground for US Medics

As the opioid epidemic continues in the United States, new synthetic opioids have emerged with alarming increased potency. Fentanyl remains the primary synthetic opioid identified in forensic casework, however, a new second tier of opioids has emerged – the “nitazenes”. According to ongoing research studies, nitazenes can be "way more potent than fentanyl, which is really scary," said CFSRE Associate Director Dr. Alex Krotulski.
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June 1, 2021

NPS Discovery and the Hunt for New Drugs of Abuse

The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) under the Department of Justice (DOJ) has funded various research initiatives are the CFSRE, including grant opportunities that have helped facilitate the development of novel toxicology workflows and methodologies that are now used extensively by our NPS Discovery program. NIJ continues to support NPS Discovery and its hunt for new drugs of abuse in forensic toxicology and crime lab samples.
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