Join NIJ’s Dr. Jonathan McGrath who will be participating a webinar hosted by the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine’s Chemical Sciences Roundtable. The webinar will explore analytical and data challenges in the detection of novel synthetic opioids. This webinar will include time for discussion with the virtual audience after the presentations.
Novel synthetic opioids (NSOs) can be substantially more potent than market opioids and as such have been linked to an increase in overdose deaths. They are also often difficult to detect with available field tests, putting others at risk for unintended exposure. NSOs include both fentanyl and non-fentanyl analogues that are structurally similar to known opioids and are often found in mixtures with other opioids and with varying purity and potency.
Detection of many NSOs can be difficult even in clinical or forensic laboratory settings, but in-field detection is especially challenging because it requires rapid, targeted detection methods for compounds that might not be included in the reference database. These compounds can have elution or response behaviors similar to those of other known materials or can be present below detection limits, thus making them difficult to distinguish. The variety of NSOs and the speed at which they are being introduced into the market make detection and characterization even more challenging.
The webinar will be held May 11, 2020 from 12:00PM - 1:30PM ET.