Fentanyl as a Chemical Weapon

By John P. Caves, Jr. CSWMD Proceedings

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Fentanyl as a Chemical Weapon
Fentanyl as a Chemical Weapon
Fentanyl as a Chemical Weapon
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Fentanyl is a major topic in the news these days because of its significant contribution to the ongoing opioid epidemic in the United States. It clearly is a major counternarcotic challenge. But there also has been some reporting, including about congressional interest, as to whether fentanyl additionally should be considered a weapon of mass destruction (WMD) and whether U.S. Government chemical defense efforts should place greater emphasis on it. This paper provides some perspective on fentanyl as a chemical weapon.

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