Next-generation heroin identification for TacticID

B&W Tek announced that their handheld raman spectroscopy solution, TacticID now has the proven capability to identify street heroin samples.

The new TacPac accessory for the TacticID system is a custom adaptor that can be used with SERS (Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy) consumables. The SERS consumables utilize a commonly available solvent, which isolates the heroin sample, enabling the 785nm TacticID device to identify heroin and its components quickly and easily. It is known that conventional 785nm Raman spectrometers are challenged by fluorescence that is inherent to certain specific samples. Due to the high fluorescence in most heroin street samples, many handheld devices alone have had difficulty with accurate identification of heroin, especially in mixed samples, without the help from other technologies.

In the United States and around the world, the abuse of heroin is a fast-moving epidemic. In the United States alone, usage jumped more than 63% between 2002 and 2015, with increases seen among men and women, most age groups, and all income levels. The biggest increases have occurred in groups with historically lower rates of heroin use, including women and people with private insurance and higher incomes. As heroin use has increased, so have heroin-related deaths. From 2002 through 2015, the rate of heroin-related overdose deaths has quadrupled.

With the release of the new TacPac identification kit for TacticID, law enforcement agencies around the world now have a new tool to fight this ever-growing threat.

This is building on the work that TacticID have done on methamphetamine where TacticID-GP has been used successfully by the United States DEA in 'One Pot’ meth lab remediation.

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