SAINT PETERSBURG, FLORIDA - 8 Sep, 2017 - Field Forensics of St. Petersburg, Florida, USA, announces the release of the new Fen-Her test kit for heroin and fentanyl. The new kit detects and differentiates heroin and fentanyl, even at trace levels, and increases the safety of law enforcement. Overdose deaths due to the synthetic opioid fentanyl and fentanyl derivatives has hit crisis proportions in the US, Canada, Europe and in many other countries around the world.
Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid similar to morphine but is 50 to 100 times more potent. It is a schedule II prescription drug used to treat and manage pain in many people. Often, fentanyl is mixed with heroin or cocaineand sold illegally. Unsuspecting users, believing they are taking one drug may also be taking an unknown quantity of fentanyl, leading to overdose and even death. Police officers, border agents, and law enforcement drug-sniffing dogs are more likely to accidentally overdose from exposure to fentanyl (and heroin) than habitual users because they have not built up a tolerance to the drug.