NIST Researchers Give Law Enforcement and Public Health Experts New Tools to Combat Fentanyl and Other Synthetic Drugs


Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in the articles contained in the Academy News are those of the identified authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Academy.

Source: Rich Press, Public Affairs Specialist, NIST

In the shadow of COVID-19, an older epidemic continues to rage. More than 81,000 people died of drug overdoses in the United States in the 12 months ending last May. That is the highest number ever recorded and a nearly 20% increase from the same period one year before.

As the nation’s chemical measurements laboratory, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is working on analytical methods to meet these challenges. Researchers with NIST’s Forensic Science Program are developing new tools that can speed up the public health response to newly emerging synthetic drugs. They are also improving existing technologies, developing new ones, and collaborating closely with law enforcement organizations and forensic labs to help them successfully implement solutions.

What is NIST doing? Click HERE to learn more.