Opioids include a wide range of drugs that are either naturally derived from the opium poppy plant, like morphine and heroin, or partially or entirely synthesized. These synthetic opioids, like fentanyl and carfentanil, are man-made without the need for cultivation and harvesting of plants. This leads to faster, and cheaper, production of the drugs which are far more potent than their parent opium analogs.
Lowering production times and reducing overhead costs benefits the prescription drug market where synthetic opioids, like fentanyl, are used legally to treat chronic, long-term pain. It also, however, contributes to the growing opioid crisis as synthetic opioids are easier to develop and can yield a larger profit.
As opioid dependence increases across the globe and illegal distribution of fentanyl, carfentanil, and other synthetic opioids continues to grow, more people are at risk of fatal overdose. First responders, law enforcement officers, and medical professionals all face risks of accidental exposure to synthetic opioid particulates. To increase personnel safety, those at risk of accidental exposure should take extra precautions to improve existing safety procedures by using ductless containment enclosures.
Synthetic opioids, such as fentanyl and carfentanil, are often shipped to the US, Canada, and Europe from laboratories in China where opioid production is uncontrolled. Purchased online, synthetic opioids are then shipped via the US Postal Service. This puts mail handlers at risk of exposure to opioid particulates and powders found in suspicious or damaged packages and envelopes.
Synthetic Opioid Containment Products
The Purair SafeSEARCH ductless containment enclosure from Air Science is specifically designed to protect technicians, public service workers, and other high-risk employees from synthetic opioid particulates and unknown powders.
Purair RX Ductless Balance Enclosures
Designed to protect users and the environment from hazardous powders and particulates, the Purair RX Balance Hood is a Class I enclosure that meets USP 800 requirements for non-sterile compounding procedures.
Drugkeeper Storage Cabinets
Air Science Drugkeeper storage cabinets can be used for short-term storage of hazardous chemicals and substances typically associated with drug investigations.
As the drug crisis continues to grow and new strains of synthetic opioids are introduced your evidence collection and drug identification and analysis needs change. In addition to our standard laboratory equipment and filtration product lines, we provide custom engineering to meet your specific application needs. Contact us to learn more.