FIU: New discovery helps authorities track origin of heroin

FIU: New discovery helps authorities track origin of heroin

FIU: New discovery helps authorities track origin of heroin

Researchers at the FIU International Forensic Research Institute (IFRI) have zeroed in on a unique component of heroin that could pinpoint where it was grown, giving authorities a new tool to potentially disrupt the nation’s opioid crisis.

“The DEA wanted to know specifically whether elemental analysis could determine where heroin was coming from,” said Joshua DeBord, a chemistry Ph.D. student at FIU who is the co-author of a recent study validating the effectiveness of the new method. “It’s helpful for them to develop intelligence from heroin that is seized.”

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