Deadly Synthetic Opioids Endanger Police

Seizures of deadly synthetic opioids such as fentanyl and carfentanil have soared in Minnesota, forcing law enforcement agencies to adopt new procedures for collecting evidence, making drug arrests and testing samples at forensic labs. Some scientists can’t handle samples without an agent nearby to administer an antidote if necessary.

How Fentanyl Spread Through New England

Much of the fentanyl that winds up in New England is manufactured in Mexico using precursor materials obtained from China and smuggled into the U.S., says the Drug Enforcement Administration. Drug cartels “started telling people they had a new, cleaner version of heroin. China White, they were calling it,” says a federal drug agent.