Prevalence of Synthetic Opioids

A research team at Sam Houston State University received a $311,000 National Institute of Justice grant to develop a new laboratory test for synthetic opioids and heroin using saliva and to investigate the prevalence of these drugs among prisoners and arrestees.

"The United States is in the middle of an opioid pandemic, leading to more drug overdoses in a single weekend than typically happen in several months in some major cities," said Assistant Professor Madeleine Swortwood. "According to the European Monitoring Center for Drugs and Drug Addiction, opioids are found in 82 percent of fatal overdoses."

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