Handheld narcotics analyzer can now detect lethal W-18 opioid drug TEWKSBURY, MA – October 5, 2016 – Law enforcement agents, narcotics officers and customs personnel can now quickly and safely detect street drug W-18 and other lethal drugs with the newest library update for the Thermo Scientific TruNarc handheld narcotics analyzer. W-18 is a new designer drugconsidered to be significantly more potent than morphine and fentanyl. As part of its most recent v1.6 software update, the TruNarc analyzer adds dibutylone, furanyl fentanyl andU-47700 to its onboard library, which now includes nearly 300 suspected narcotics and narcotics precursorsand an additional 80 common cutting agents. TruNarc helps combat drug abuse by enabling law enforcement to quickly identify core drugs of abuse as well as emerging threats. These include dangerouspainkillers that have contributed to the growing opioid epidemic in the U.S. Last year, TruNarc addedfentanyl and acetyl fentanyl to its library. Dibutylone, known as “booty” or “beauty,” is a psychedelic drug in the phenethylamine, amphetamine andcathinone class. It has been linked to recent random acts of violence in Florida, where the Thermo FisherScientific Reachback Support team assisted law enforcement by identifying the dibutylone (bk-DMBDB HCl). Furanyl fentanyl and U-47700 are two synthetic opioids distributed in the U.S. as recreational drugs. Fentanyl has been linked to hundreds of deaths in the U.S. since 2013, a reason the U.S. Drug EnforcementAgency issued a briefing in July 2016 stating that the country is in the midst of a fentanyl crisis. “The recent case in Florida highlights the challenges safety and security professionals face as newer, deadlier drugs reach the street,” said Denzil Vaughn, director of marketing, portable analytical instruments, Thermo Fisher. “The TruNarc analyzer’s latest library update is designed to equip field agents with updated capabilities to stay ahead of emerging narcotics threats and more quickly get drug users the treatment they need.” The TruNarc analyzer, which debuted in 2012, allows law enforcement personnel to scan a single sample for multiple narcotics in one test and receive the results within seconds. An increasing number of 24 lawenforcement departments are deploying TruNarc for presumptive testing, helping to eliminate the need to carry multiple chemical tests, reduce drug testing backlogs and speed prosecution. The analyzer identifies chemicals with Raman spectroscopy, a wellestablished technique. Features and benefits of the TruNarc analyzer include: • Point-and-shoot simplicity that allows users to accurately identify narcotics on site with a highspecificity, non-destructive and noncontact test for most samples; • Rapid presumptive testing designed to enable law enforcement to more expeditiously prosecute cases. As an example, the Franklin County, Missouri, Multi-County Narcotics and Violent Crimes Enforcement Unit uses TruNarc to gain probable cause and charge drug offenders. • Field-based sample screening More on page 48
FLIR announces identiFINDER R100 personal radiation detector with integrated Bluetooth smart technology WILSONVILLE, OR – October 13, 2016 – FLIR Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: FLIR) today announced the identiFINDER® R100 personal radiation detector, the latest addition to its industry-leading identiFINDER R-Series handheld radiation security solutions. The belt-worn R100 integrates networking capabilities to safeguard first responders, law enforcement, and military and security personnel by delivering immediate radiation threat FLIR identiFINDER R100 alarms and providing automatically-generated radiation dose rate reports to offer increased situational awareness to central command personnel. The identiFINDER R100 is the industry’s first IP67-certified and American National Standards Institute (ANSI) drop-test compliant personal radiation detector. The device meets the 1.5M drop criteria required by ANSI N42.32, one of the key performance standards for alarming PRDs in Homeland Security. The IP67 rating assures the R100 is protected against dust and immersion in water up to 1M depth. The unit features integrated Bluetooth® Smart wireless technology which facilitates recording and sending real-time dose rates and geotag information via a companion mobile app. The R100 joins the industry-leading identiFINDER product family in offering a complete range of radiation security solutions, from threat detection to threat identification. All identiFINDER models, including the identiFINDER R100, share the same fieldproven, intuitive user interface, which enables coordinated emergency response between law enforcement, firefighters, and HAZMAT teams using any identiFINDER product. “As the only ANSI drop-test -compliant and IP67-certified personal radiation detector, the R100 is the industry’s most rugged personal radiation detector for first responders,” said Dennis Barket, Jr., Vice President and General Manager of FLIR Detection. “When deployed across teams, the R100 provides a primary detection net that protects the frontline against radiological threats, while the integrated networking features eliminate communication blind spots for central command.” 25 FLIR will showcase the identiFIND- ER R100 for the first time at the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Show on October 16 – 18 in San Diego, CA, booth #5251. The identiFINDER R100 will begin shipping globally in January 2017 with pricing starting at $1,195. To learn more about the identiFINDER R100, visit: http://www.flir.com/r100. About FLIR Systems FLIR Systems, Inc. is a world leader in the design, manufacture, and marketing of sensor systems that enhance perception and awareness. FLIR’s advanced systems and components are used for a wide variety of thermal imaging, situational awareness, and security applications, including airborne and ground-based surveillance, condition monitoring, navigation, recreation, research and development, manufacturing process control, search and rescue, drug interdiction, transportation safety, border and maritime patrol, environmental monitoring, and chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosives (CBRNE) threat detection. For more information, visit FLIR’s web site at www.FLIR.com.