Ohio Invests in New Drug Tech to Improve Investigator Safety

In the past few years, narcotics officers has seen a sharp increase in new synthetic opioids that are far more dangerous than original drugs. One such drug is carfentanil, which is 10,000 times more potent than morphine and 100 times more than fentanyl, according to the CDC.

These substances can be dangerous simply to handle, and narcotics officers in Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, and Washington, D.C. are likely to come across them on the job.

In order to protect their officers and reduce the time involved with drug scenes, the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) and the Ohio Organized Crime Investigations Commission (OOCIC) have invested in a new technology called the MX908.

The MX908 is the world’s only handheld mass spectrometer that analyzes chemicals by separating particles according to mass.

“When just a speck of fentanyl can cause an overdose or death, equipping our task force officers with a device that can safely field test and identify deadly narcotics is a lifesaver,” OOCIC Executive Director Rocky Nelson said.

“Not only do the devices provide instant preliminary results but, more importantly, reduces the risk of exposure to our staff,” Ohio BCI Superintendent Joe Morbitzer said.

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