New device allows authorities to detect Fentanyl


A new device to help law enforcement and First Responders detect Fentanyl is being released.

The ResQ is a hand held device that weighs about 4 pounds and it is a single unit that officers can take with them where ever they go. 

If they find some material that is unidentifiable, they can use the device to tell them what it is. 

They said the process takes 10 to 30 seconds.

The ResQ can do a couple difference types of tests such testing bulk materials and residues.

“If I’m suspicious of a driver and I want to see what kind of powder or even non-visible powders that might be present on the steering wheel,” said Bree Allen, president of Rigaku, “I can…swab the steering wheel and test that swab to see if there is any even minute amounts of Fentanyl or any other synthetic opioids which makes it a very very effective tool for law enforcement.”

The first group to test out this new technology is customs and border patrol.

The cost of the device is about $46,000 and there is a more targeted version for narcotics identification for just under $30,000.

Allen said that the narcotic device is more affordable and durable for law enforcement.

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