“MAM, Is Your Boy Blue?” A Focus on Heroin and Fentanyl Abuse
A Talk By
Jon Sprague, R.Ph., Ph.D.
Director of the Center for the Future of Forensic Science at Bowling Green State University & Bureau of Criminal Investigation Eminent Scholar
In October 2014, Ohio's heroin epidemic was put in the national spotlight when newsmagazine "60 Minutes” aired “Heroin in the Heartland.” Across Ohio, heroin is often adulterated with fentanyl and in many cases fentanyl is often sold as heroin. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is 50 times more potent than heroin. More recently, synthetic forms of fentanyl have resulted in deaths across the state. Dr. Sprague will examine the State’s heroin and fentanyl abuse patterns and review the basic chemistry, and pharmacological and toxicological mechanisms by which these agents not only induce drug seeking behavior, but also can lead to overdose and death.
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Berkman Hall Auditorium
1899 East 22nd Street, Cleveland, Ohio 44115