R.I. Hospital-led researchers use devices to test street drugs for fentanyl

TRACI GREEN, the co-director of Rhode Island Hospital’s Center of Biomedical Research Excellence on Opioids and Overdose, is leading a study on how best to use portable devices to test for fentanyl in street drugs. / COURTESY RHODE ISLAND HOSPITAL
PROVIDENCE – A Rhode Island Hospital opioid expert is leading a study that has found that using two separate methods to check for fentanyl in street drugs is the safest approach. Fentanyl test strips are best at detecting the potent synthetic opioid, but an infrared spectrometer can detect other contaminants or drugs by providing a…

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