How to field-test unknown substances with better accuracy and

By Ron LaPedis for PoliceOne BrandFocus

According to this U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration (DOJ DEA) publication, fentanyl is not only dangerous for addicts, but also for cops, public health workers and first responders. Fentanyl can be absorbed through the skin or by accidental inhalation of airborne powder – and as little as 2 milligrams of fentanyl can cause death. K9 units are particularly at risk of immediate death from inhaling fentanyl during their work.

Raman devices provide non-destructive, non-contact and highly accurate substance identification. Raman technology is such a powerful field tool that the Scientific Working Group for the Analysis of Seized Drugs(SWGDRUG) recommends it in their minimum standards for the forensic identification of commonly seized drugs.

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