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  • 2016
  • As of 2016, Insite of Vancouver, Canada, North America's first legal supervised injection site, began using urine analysis strips to detect fentanyl in drugs (mostly heroin). (dancesafe.org)
  • So far in 2016, at least 286 people have fatally overdosed on opioids or other drugs in New Hampshire. (nhpr.org)
  • The gist of the Washington Post story is that 11 nationally-recognized health experts sent a private letter to Obama administration officials in May 2016 describing the spread of fentanyl as an "extraordinary public health challenge" and asking President Barack Obama to declare a public health emergency. (breitbart.com)
  • Drug checking using fentanyl testing strips has been taking place at Insite, the supervised consumption site in Vancouver, since the summer of 2016. (vancouversun.com)
  • deadly opioid
  • Exactly how music producer and rapper Mac Miller overdosed on a lethal combination of alcohol and drugs in his Studio City home in September may forever remain a mystery, but his death underscores the dangers of a deadly opioid that's rising in popularity. (latimes.com)
  • officials
  • That, in part, prompted state officials to start sounding the alarm about the drug. (nhpr.org)
  • From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Elana Gordon of WHYY reports that state health and drug enforcement officials are worried it's on the rise again. (nhpr.org)
  • Fentanyl is being mixed with a variety of street drugs, officials warned. (dispatch.com)
  • Health officials cite mixing fentanyl with drugs as the latest trend here in the Columbus area and in other parts of the country. (dispatch.com)
  • But that's exactly the problem: the reluctance of officials to realize fentanyl and other street drugs were the real killers. (breitbart.com)
  • Nine days later, Donald Trump was inaugurated as the 45th president and Obama officials stepped down from their posts, leaving the next administration to confront the deadliest drug crisis in American history. (breitbart.com)
  • Not only is fentanyl dangerous for those who use it, but it can put officers and drug investigators at risk, forcing law enforcement to change the way they operate drug investigations and drug busts , law enforcement officials say. (thefix.com)
  • Though drug enforcement agents and investigators already face dangers, like exposure to deadly chemicals from meth production, inadvertent pricks from needles, as well as threat of violence, the potency of fentanyl has changed the game, leading law enforcement officials told AP . (thefix.com)
  • fatal
  • These vials, on display at the state crime lab, show the amount of heroin and fentanyl typically deemed fatal. (nhpr.org)
  • The fatal fentanyl overdose of a Toronto drug squad officer has the police force considering what more it could be doing to support those working in its high-risk units. (cbc.ca)
  • To put that in context, two to three milligrams of fentanyl is considered a fatal dose for one person. (dispatch.com)
  • Because such a small amount can be fatal, police agencies have had to change the way they operate drug investigations, in order to keep officers safe. (thefix.com)
  • epidemic
  • The substantial demand for harm reduction services - due to the opiate epidemic - combined (with) limited funds have precluded us from purchasing items such as fentanyl test strips. (freep.com)
  • Another problem highlighted by the report that should be familiar to students of the fentanyl horror was the Obama administration's inability or refusal to understand that fentanyl became a much bigger problem than prescription drug abuse, which was long spotlighted as the leading cause of the opioid epidemic. (breitbart.com)
  • crisis
  • A special task force on the state's opioid crisis has given the initial stamp of approval to a bill that would impose stricter criminal penalties for the distribution of fentanyl. (nhpr.org)
  • The surge in fentanyl has opened an alarming new chapter in the opioid crisis. (wsj.com)
  • There are unpleasant political reasons why the fentanyl crisis exploded, some of them directly covered in the monumental Post article, others lurking between the lines. (breitbart.com)
  • people
  • Understandably, some people may be under the impression that there is no way to test for fentanyl as it is not detectable with current drug checking reagents, the most common form of drug checking available to the public. (dancesafe.org)
  • however, there currently is no better alternative for people who are worried about fentanyl-adulterated drugs. (dancesafe.org)
  • This "technology actually is going to help people know what's in their drugs before they even inject them. (blueline.ca)
  • Of the 25 people showing signs of overdose whose blood he tested since July 30, more than 20 contained just fentanyl. (sfweekly.com)
  • Once a trend is identified, Rodda has a team of people on speed dial that he notifies: The Department of Public Health, San Francisco General Hospital, the California Poison Control Center, and the Drug Overdose Prevention and Education (DOPE) Project. (sfweekly.com)
  • We're so concerned about heroin and fentanyl, people aren't really looking at other uses of fentanyl and other problems that might occur. (latimes.com)
  • If a bunch of people think I am a huge drug addict, OK. (latimes.com)
  • While lower doses of the drug can produce a euphoric high, higher doses can cause people to stop breathing. (hornet.com)
  • Some people on heroin die because the drug was laced with something much stronger - like fentanyl. (npr.org)
  • Experts have warned that fentanyl can be especially dangerous because it's even more powerful than heroin and can be especially difficult to detect when mixed in with other substances - so the people who are using it might not even know that it's there. (nhpr.org)
  • This is particularly true for people who may choose to use drugs alone or without visiting a supervised consumption site where emergency help is immediately available. (medindia.net)
  • Through millions of dollars in private lending and mortgages, people connected to the fentanyl trade are parking their illicit gains in the Vancouver-area property market - and using alleged threats, extortion and deception to make sure they get their money back. (theglobeandmail.com)
  • Because of the high maintenance that Clozapine requires, there are many psychiatrists and clinics that refuse to offer services to people who take the drug. (madinamerica.com)
  • people recovering from opioid addiction and people who are still using heroin and other drugs. (nytimes.com)
  • Called Conversations for Change , it gives people addicted to drugs a chance to have a meal and to meet treatment providers, who on a recent evening had set up more than a dozen tables. (nytimes.com)
  • But if people buy (illicit) drugs and they can access these tests for a good price then I see that as a good thing. (vancouversun.com)
  • marijuana
  • Massachusetts' legal marijuana industry is already taking a hit after U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling promised a hardline approach to businesses that cultivate and sell the drug, which is illegal under federal law. (420magazine.com)
  • Lelling, of Sharon, called marijuana a "dangerous" drug after U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions' reversal of Obama-era guidance that instructed federal authorities to leave the marijuana businesses alone in states where the drug is legal. (420magazine.com)
  • Gov. Charlie Baker said Lelling should focus on "street drugs" such as fentanyl instead of marijuana. (420magazine.com)
  • The Dollar Tree on Pender Street confirmed Saturday they were selling home drug tests, one for fentanyl and one for marijuana. (vancouversun.com)
  • typically
  • Following suit, DanceSafe teamed up with the University of California San Francisco and conducted a study assessing five different immunoassay fentanyl test strips for their effectiveness at detecting fentanyl and its various analogs at concentrations typically found in street drugs. (dancesafe.org)
  • Typically includes a strong desire to take the drug, difficulties in controlling its use, persisting in its use despite harmful consequences, a higher priority given to drug use than to other activities and obligations, increased tolerance, and a physical withdrawal state. (mentalhealth.com)
  • substances
  • With the rise of fentanyl-cut drugs on the black market, testing your substances is more important than ever. (dancesafe.org)
  • When these substances became criminalized and thus unregulated, they became and remained risky," says Miss Ian Callaghan, executive director of the San Francisco Drug Users Union. (sfweekly.com)
  • In a letter to the U.N. Secretary-General last week, Secretary of State John Kerry asked that two fentanyl ingredients be added to a list of controlled substances in a U.N. convention that regulates narcotics internationally, according to a copy of the letter provided by the State Department. (wsj.com)
  • The two fentanyl ingredients, known by the acronyms NPP and ANPP, aren't listed as controlled substances in the 1988 U.N. Convention Against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances. (wsj.com)
  • urine
  • The brand-new, $65 million Medical Examiner's office has a state-of-the-art forensic toxicology lab, able to test blood, urine, and autopsy samples for levels of a specific drug. (sfweekly.com)
  • Furthermore, the drug test strips were only designed to be used for human urine samples as a preliminary test. (davidbratzer.ca)
  • The Rapid Response Single Drug Test Strip performance at cutoff point are not affected when pH range of urine specimens is at 3.0 to 8.5 and specific gravity range of urine specimens is at near 1.005 to 1.03. (davidbratzer.ca)
  • The specificity testing for this product was limited as the company was only considering what was likely to be found in drug-free human urine. (davidbratzer.ca)
  • HARRIS: So he found this website that would sell him test strips, the kind usually used by doctors to look for fentanyl in a patient's urine. (npr.org)
  • Fentanyl test strips, which sell for $1 each and were developed by a Canadian company BTNX Inc. , were initially used to detect drugs in urine. (freep.com)
  • I took a Tylenol PM three days ago and I took a drug test today and my urine is dirty for Benzos. (askdocweb.com)
  • dose
  • What dose seraquil don't know how to spell, but what dose it show up as in a drug test? (askdocweb.com)
  • Broken or split birth control tablets may deliver a smaller dose of the active drug ingredients. (canada.ca)
  • illicit drugs
  • As stated by the Washington DC Council in its recent emergency resolution to temporarily remove drug testing kits from the definition of illegal paraphernalia, "Testing kits can be used to determine whether licit or illicit drugs contain unknown adulterants such as fentanyl and fentanyl analogues. (dancesafe.org)
  • morphine
  • Fentanyl is a prescription drug - an opiate more powerful than morphine. (nhpr.org)
  • The force has said the quantity of fentanyl in Thompson's system was too large to have been caused by mere contact with the opioid, which is about 100 times stronger than morphine. (cbc.ca)
  • Insite
  • Insite is not a sterile lab environment, and nor are the drug users who are conducting these tests. (davidbratzer.ca)
  • There is no indication from Insite that control materials were used on a daily basis to ensure the validity of their off-label fentanyl screening tests. (davidbratzer.ca)
  • enforcement
  • At least two doctors' names have come up in the death investigation being conducted by the Carver County Sheriff's Office, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Minnesota and the Drug Enforcement Administration. (mprnews.org)
  • A well-known Fraser Valley gangster and two associates are facing drug trafficking charges after an investigation that spanned months by the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit. (vancouversun.com)
  • The dramatic increase in the availability and use of heroin and fentanyl is a national security, law enforcement, and public health issue, and it has become the highest priority illicit drug threat to the Nation," the strategy document concluded. (breitbart.com)
  • tablets
  • The street version, mainly manufactured in China or Mexico, is sold in the form of tablets, patches, powder or spray. (thefix.com)
  • ingredients
  • Rob Boyd, director of Sandy Hill's Oasis program that oversees the supervised-injection site, said because clients are purchasing unregulated drugs off the street, they have no idea what ingredients they contain. (blueline.ca)
  • These foreign health products have been found by regulators in other countries to contain undeclared drug ingredients. (canada.ca)
  • harm
  • While the testing strips can identify most fentanyl-related analogues, there are still limitations that every consumer and harm reductionist should be aware of when testing. (dancesafe.org)
  • Health Canada is committed to investing in research to improve drug-checking technologies, and to inform on-going discussions on this harm reduction practice. (medindia.net)