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Current Trends in Counterfeit Pills

Watch this on demand webinar as we discuss the importance of identifying controlled substances in the field due to the rise of high potency counterfeit pills.

Identifying designer drugs is a never-ending battle between law enforcement agencies and criminal manufacturers. These criminals are always devising new methods to stay ahead of the law. The introduction of high-potency synthetic opioids, such as fentanyl, has made street drugs more lethal and difficult to detect. The low concentrations of controlled substances in street drugs pose a significant challenge for law enforcement officers, and traditional methods and technologies often prove ineffective in identifying the trace amounts of narcotics present. It is imperative that law enforcement agencies develop new, more effective methods to combat this growing threat to public safety.

  • The difficulties in detecting synthetic designer drugs that law enforcement faces.
  • The Dark Web’s increased accessibility to substances under restriction.
  • How MX908 is very effective at detecting mixes of narcotics with high potency but low concentrations on the street.
  • The most recent developments in pill form synthetic designer pharmaceuticals.
  • Case studies in which the MX908’s trace detection resulted in seizures, arrests, and intelligence collection.

David A. Godin is the Director of Field Forensic Applications for 908 Devices in Boston, Massachusetts. He holds a Masters of Forensic Sciences Degree from Boston University, and a B.S. degree in Chemistry from the United States Military Academy. Mr. Godin served five years as a US Army Chemical Officer in the 110th Chemical Battalion, Technical Escort. During that time, he served as Chemical Analyst and Officer in Charge of the Combined Explosive Exploitation Cell-North in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He has trained hundreds of Emergency Response personnel in the field analysis of controlled substances, HAZMAT Operations, and CBRNE Response.

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