Randox wants to root out illegal dealers of drug that killed Prince

Thursday, 28 September 2017

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RANDOX Toxicology has pledged its support to the PSNI in the fight against fentanyl, a strong painkiller which has been found for sale on the black market in Northern Ireland for the first time.
Fentanyl, an opioid pain medication currently classed as a controlled Class A drug under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, has been found in heroin which was seized by the PSNI, and has been linked to two deaths in Northern Ireland this year.
It is currently used to safely treat patients with severe pain, as it can be 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine.
According to the National Crime Agency and Office for National Statistics, 60 deaths in the UK in the past eight months have been attributed to misuse of fentanyl, which came to global attention when the singer Prince was found to have died from an overdose of the drug.
Randox MD Dr Peter FitzGerald told the Antrim Guardian: "It is extremely worrying to hear that the PSNI have confirmed fentanyl has reached the black market in Northern Ireland."
*Read the full story in this week's Antrim Guardian


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