Smiths Detection addresses fentanyl crisis with roundtable seminars

Smiths Detection Inc. (SDI) expert Dr. Michael Frunzi will moderate a series of special roundtable seminars at ASIS International on Preventing Exposure to Illicit Fentanyl: Why Knowledge Through Technology is Critical, the company said.

The 2017 ASIS International Conference will take place in Dallas, Texas, from September 26th to September 28th. The seminar will run four times: at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM on both Tuesday, September 26, and Wednesday, September 27, in Smiths Detection´s booth #1415 and is open to all attendees.

The roundtable seminar will focus on the danger that fentanyl poses to security personnel and emergency responders and how detectors and identifiers can be used to mitigate risks. Variations of fentanyl such as carfentanil are 10,000 times more potent than morphine and can cause respiratory arrest in those who breathe trace particles of the narcotic. The seminar will also discuss techniques for efficiently collecting, processing, and preserving evidence during analysis.

SDI´s technologies were recently adapted to detect and identify fentanyl and several of its analogues.

Smiths Detection, part of Smiths Group, is a global provider of threat detection and screening technologies for military, air transportation, homeland security and emergency response markets.