Officials Struggle to Identify Opioids in Abuse Epidemic

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One of the scariest things about the opioid epidemic for public health workers, police and users is the makeup of the opioids themselves is constantly changing. Pills that are sold illegally don't come with a list of ingredients that can be believed. Without clear identification, it's hard to treat overdoses and prosecute dealers. In some states, as certain kinds of synthetic opioids are banned, manufacturers of drugs are finding slightly different variants of a synthetic opioid that is . . .

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