In the Opioid Crisis, Military Research May Protect Citizens and Warfighters
Source: Armed with Science DOD Blog
Ten thousand times more potent than morphine, the drug carfentanil poses a risk to both civilians and warfighters. The powerful opioid, with lethal amounts smaller than a poppy seed, was developed as a tranquilizer for use on large animals and is now part of the illicit drug trade. Easily obtained, concern about weaponization has led researcher Michael Feasel, Ph.D., of the Army's Edgewood Chemical Biological Center, with support from the Defense Threat Reduction Agency's Chemical and Biological Technologies Department, to determine how to treat exposure to the drug.