TruNarc in Action
Read recent news stories highlighting the success of the Thermo Scientific™ TruNarc™ Handheld Narcotics Analyzer in the field.
TruNarc analyzer gives Greenville police an extra layer of protection
Greenville, SC Police now have a new device called the TruNarc Analyzer to keep officers safe in the fight against dangerous opioids like fentanyl and other deadly street drugs.
The device screens through sealed packages of suspected drugs. It then analyzes and screens for more than 400 legal and illegal drugs in a matter of seconds without exposing the officer to the potentially dangerous substance.
TruNarc analyzer keeps Northwest Indiana officers safe from fentanyl
Faced with the fentanyl epidemic, the Lake County Sheriff's Department Drug Task Force, along with Porter County Sheriff's Department and Portage police, turned to the TruNarc Handheld Narcotics Analyzer, a handheld device that uses a laser to scan and identify a substance without exposing officers to the drug.
"We always use the TruNarc first," Sheriff Oscar Martinez Jr. said.
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TruNarc device will help Porter County officers ID drugs without direct contact
Law enforcement officers in Porter County have a new tool to help prevent them from coming into contact with dangerous drugs.
The Porter County Sheriff's Department now has the TruNarc Handheld Narcotics Analyzer, a device that uses a laser and spectrometry to scan suspected drugs while they're still in their package, so officers don't have direct contact with fentanyl and other deadly drugs.
Sheriff's Office advances technology to improve safety, accuracy
Last month, the Charles County Sheriff’s Office received a grant for a handheld narcotics analyzer called TruNarc, which accurately identifies drugs in minutes and can improve the safety of officers as well as help citizens.
The agency used the TruNarc analyzer for the first time around Jan. 19, when they found a drug dealer in Waldorf with more than $3,000 worth of heroin mixed with fentanyl. By using the TruNarc analyzer directly on the scene, officers were able to quickly indentify that the heroin contained fentanyl, which is a very dangerous drug to handle.
Indiana State Police use DOJ grant to buy TruNarc analyzers
The Indiana State Police has purchased three additional TruNarc analzyers with funding from the Department of Justice. The new purchase complements five TruNarc units already deployed by the agency.
“There are drugs out there that are made to look like they’re illegal drugs, but they’re not,” Sgt. John Perrine of ISP said. “This will allow us to determine whether they’re real or fake drugs.”
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TruNarc analyzer a game changer in Fort Wayne
The Fort Wayne Police Department has deployed the TruNarc analyzer, giving law enforcement the opportunity to identify drugs like never before. Describing the TruNarc analyzer as a game changer, Fort Wayne Police Sgt. Jonathan Bowers says the analyzer gives officers rapid information on "what's being shipped in, what's being sold, what's being bought, what's being seized and what people are addicted to right now."
"For us, we need to know day-to-day what we're actually buying and seizing, so to have good quality lab results either immediately or within an hour or two totally changes the game for us," Bowers says. See the story on NewsChannel 15, a local news source.
TruNarc analyzer decreases case backlog by nearly 90%
Collaborating to reduce the social burden of illicit drugs, the New South Wales (Australia) Police and NSW Health Pathology were recent finalists in the NSW Innovation and Health Symposium 2015, held in Sydney.
Since 2013, the team has deployed the TruNarc analyzer to identify suspected drugs at the crime scene. On-site analysis limits the need to send less-than-trafficable quantities to a forensic lab, and frees up staff time for other tasks. As a result of the collaboration, a backlog of 2,500 cases in 2013 was reduced to less than 300 by the end of 2014.
Handheld narcotics analyzer now detects emerging drug threat fentanyl and additional synthetics
Narcotics officers, customs personnel and military police can now quickly and safely identify fentanyl, a potent emerging drug threat in the United States and worldwide, with the TruNarc Handheld Narcotics Analyzer.
The newest update, TruNarc v1.5, expands the TruNarc analyzer’s onboard library and enables the detection of fentanyl, additional NBOMes and other emerging synthetic cannabinoids while maintaining the core functionality of the analyzer. A single test in the field allows law enforcement officials to immediately identify a wide range of drugs and stay ahead of evolving narcotics threats without requiring the use of laboratory time and resources for analysis.
A synthetic opiate, fentanyl is 30-50 times more potent than heroin in certain forms and can cause fatal overdoses. It was the subject of a United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) alert in May after the National Forensic Laboratory Information System (NFLIS) reported an overwhelming surge in fentanyl-related seizures in the United States, from 942 in 2013 to 3,344 in 2014. Because fentanyl is absorbed by the skin, it poses a significant risk to law enforcement officials. With the TruNarc analyzer, responders have the ability to sample most substances through sealed packaging, increasing officer safety.
Previous library updates have equipped the TruNarc analyzer to identify other growing threats, such as alpha-PVP (also known as "flakka" or "gravel"), a synthetic cathinone that was banned by the DEA in 2014 but has seen a spike in usage, specifically in the southeastern United States.
The TruNarc v1.5 library update can be downloaded onto an existing analyzer through an internet connection.
DEA press release supports the significance of fentanyl detection
According to a recent DEA press release, "In the last two years, DEA has seen a significant resurgence in fentanyl-related seizures. According to the National Forensic Laboratory Information System (NFLIS), state and local labs reported 3,344 fentanyl submissions in 2014, up from 942 in 2013. In addition, DEA has identified 15 other fentanyl-related compounds."
"Fentanyl is a Schedule II narcotic used as an analgesic and anesthetic. It is the most potent opioid available for use in medical treatment - 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine and 30 to 50 times more potent than heroin. Fentanyl is potentially lethal, even at very low levels. Ingestion of small doses as small as 0.25 mg can be fatal. Its euphoric effects are indistinguishable from morphine or heroin."