Five overdoses in fifteen hours – fentanyl hits hard in east coast city

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HARTFORD, Conn. – Emergency crews in the Connecticut capital had their hands full on Monday night as multiple local residents reportedly overdosed on fentanyl. 

Police reported that five people were in need of critical medical attention in a span of just fifteen hours from the deadly drug.

Fentanyl is a deadly synthetic opioid that’s 50 – 100 times more potent than morphine. Because of the excessive potency, dealers who use fentanyl to cut their supply often miscalculate, leading to user overdoses across the country.

 

 

The Hartford Police also tweeted that a search warrant overnight had turned up 1,000 bags of heroin/fentanyl and 70 grams of crack cocaine.

The media has talked extensively about the “opioid crisis” and the “war on drugs”.  But there hasn’t been a tremendous amount of focus on officer safety in the battle.

And there’s also been precious little talk about better equipping law enforcement to deal with that exploding war. 

 

 

 

Over the past 20 years, overdoses caused by prescription opioids have claimed more than 200,000 lives, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

So now, private companies are stepping in.  Not only are they helping in the battle against opioids, but they’re doing it while being cognizant of officer safety and budgetary restrictions.

One such company is DetectaChem  which is already well known in the law enforcement community.  They specialize in mobile drug detection for police and other first responders.

They have been rolling out innovative new smart phone drug testing applications in conjunction with police departments across America and are basically replacing old fashioned NIK/NARK/ODV type kits. 

They recognized the need to equip officers with better technology that’s not only already budgeted for – but that’s also safer for them.

Five overdoses in fifteen hours - fentanyl hits hard in east coast city
Police can now test unknown substances with far less risk of exposure. (DetectaChem Inc.)

 

A few years back, they rolled out the MobileDetect product.  It works with the free MobileDetect app. Unlike legacy test kits, it works on trace residue – meaning no exposure to the LEO.  Results are automated, so there’s no color change interpretation needed.  And there’s also no chance that the officer’s fingers are going to be punctured by glass.

Their highly popular MDT test kit product detects fentanyl, heroin, opiates, cocaine, meth and MDMA/ecstasy all in one test, it meets NIJ standards for presumptive drug testing, and there’s no expiration date. 

On top of that, it creates an automated PDF report with the result, color reaction, evidence pictures, notes, GPS coordinates and more that can be sent via email and text.  It’s also priced about the same as legacy kits.

Greg Giuntini is the Director of Market Development at DetectaChem.  He recently partnered with with Government Training Institute (GTI) to help police departments trade their existing old fashioned kits – or other unused assets – for this new and proven next-gen technology at no cost to the department.

Five overdoses in fifteen hours - fentanyl hits hard in east coast city

“The GTI Asset Trading Program is a big win for law enforcement agencies around the country. It provides departments the ability to trade in their old -fashioned test kits for our safer, more reliable MobileDetect drug testing pouches at no additional cost to them,” he said.

Historically, if a department were to sell any unused assets – whether they be kits like this, ammo, cars, etc., the money made from the sale would traditionally go back into the city. With GTI, the money goes into an account of sorts that stays with the department and lets them get new equipment.

“Many departments have a significant back stock of older field test kits. This program allows departments to trade in these stock piles, many of which may be expired, and upgrade to newer, safer and more reliable test kits like the MobileDetect pouches.”

For more information, visit DetectaChem’s website or Facebook page.

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Five overdoses in fifteen hours - fentanyl hits hard in east coast city

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