The Trafficking of Fentanyl and Its Impact in Canada
With Canada and the U.S. still in the grips of a decades-old opioid epidemic, the crisis has deepened in recent years with the introduction a fentanyl, a synthetic opioid that is up to 100 times more potent than morphine. It is a driving force behind countless overdose deaths per year, and law enforcement agencies and officers face many challenges when it comes to controlling the synthetic. Michael W. Brown is the global director of counter-narcotics interdiction partnerships at Rigaku Analytical Devices. He has a distinguished career spanning more than 30 years as a Special Agent for the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Most recently he was the DEA Headquarters staff coordinator for the Office of Foreign Operations for the Middle East-Europe-Afghanistan-India. He also spent 10 years in Pakistan as a special advisor to the US Embassy on various law enforcement issues.