Brown initiative tracks risks in local drug supply, public warned of potential harm

Dr. Rachel Wightman and Alexandra Collins, both researchers at Brown University, are leading a recently-launched study, TestRI, intended to better understand what substances are in the illicit drug supply and prevent overdoses. / COURTESY RACHEL WIGHTMAN, ALEXANDRA COLLINS
PROVIDENCE – The two drug samples, sold on the streets of Providence and Warwick as methamphetamine, may have seemed indistinguishable at a glance. But while one was pure methamphetamine, an analysis found, the other was made from numerous substances, including the highly potent opioid fentanyl.  “A sample that was sold to be used as a…

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