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Carfentanil: A New and Often Unrecognized Threat

Fall 2017

Cowles CE, Mitchell J, Stepp JE, Bewley VZ. 17(3). 120 - 122. (Journal Article)


Law enforcement officers, whether working the streets or on narcotic detail, and even those who operate in strike teams, face a new danger from an old drug: carfentanil. Drug dealers seeking to increase profits cut this cheap synthetic drug into expensive heroin, providing an extreme high. As a potent synthetic opioid narcotic, it is finding its way to the streets of the United States and can pose a threat to life for law enforcement, first responders, and medical examiners.

PMID: 28910481

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