Smiths Detection technology protects first responders against fentanyl exposure

Smiths Detection Inc. (SDI), working directly with international law enforcement and hazmat agencies, has adapted a range of existing technologies to be able to quickly and accurately detect fentanyl and its analogues on scene, the company said.

Fentanyl, if inhaled, may lead to respiratory arrest, is 50 times more lethal than heroin and 100 times more lethal than morphine. It is prompting fears of a public health crisis and a threat to the safety of first responders who may not be aware of its presence during a response.

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. Our experience and history across more than 40 years at the frontline, enables us to provide unrivalled levels of expertise to detect and identify constantly changing chemical, radiological, nuclear and explosive threats, as well as weapons, dangerous goods, contraband and narcotics.