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Analyzing street drugs points to potential early warning system in opioid crisis

(University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences) In just two years, the powerful opioid fentanyl went from nonexistent to detected in more than 1 in 7 stamp bags analyzed by the Allegheny County Office of the Medical Examiner. The findings suggest that real-time information about stamp bags can be used to supplement current public health surveillance measures and could serve as an early warning of new illegal drugs of high lethality available at the local level.
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