Ohio To Get A New Crime Lab Dedicated To Testing Opiates

Springfield, Ohio is building an all new drug lab to combat the state’s opiate epidemic.

Attorney General Mike DeWine and Clark County officials will be unveiling a brand new crime lab in Springfield, Ohio on Tuesday. The lab will focus exclusively on testing opiates such as heroin, fentanyl, and carfentanil.

The new crime lab arrives on the heels of one of the most deadly years for drug abuse in Ohio’s history, with over 3,000 deaths by overdose. With the introduction of “gray death”, a drug hybrid of heroin and prescription medication, special investigative measures have to be taken to test the substance and determine its exact composition.

 

Carfentanil, an especially dangerous narcotic 10,000 times more potent than morphine, is generally used as an elephant tranquilizer. Both fentanyl and carfentanil can be absorbed simply through contact, making its handling especially important. The new drug lab serves as just one step in the right direction in Ohio’s recovery from its opiate spiral.