Synthetic Opioids: How the CDC is Expanding National Capacity to Measure Human Exposure

ACS Webinars

The number of overdoses and deaths related to synthetic opioids have increased in recent years with the emergence of many new and deadly man-made drugs. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine. Laboratory reference materials and analytical methods are more necessary than ever to combat the many new, illicit fentanyl analogs and related compounds largely driving the increases in opioid deaths.

Join Senior Service Fellow Melissa Carter and Research Chemist Elizabeth Hamelin from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as they discuss the design and application of an innovative new product line of analytical and certified reference materials, the Traceable Opioid Material* Kits (TOM Kits*), that has been developed to support detection of emerging opioids by laboratories from all U.S. sectors.

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What You Will Learn

  • How Traceable Opioid Material* Kits (TOM Kits*) were developed to support detection of emerging synthetic opioids
  • What are the analytical methods to detect a panel of opioids using targeted and library screening approaches that were developed for clinical specimens
  • Why the distribution of the TOM Kits*, coupled with new method capabilities, will improve U.S. laboratory detection of emerging opioids

*TRACEABLE OPIOID MATERIAL, TOM KITS, and the TOM KITS logo are marks of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Meet the Experts

Melissa Carter
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Elizabeth Hamelin
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention